Tree trimming is very important to the growth of a tree. Trimming also ensures that trees do not damage any property near where they grow and helps maintain the appearance of the property they are on. Trimming of tree branches is necessary where such trees grow along the alignment of overhead power lines. Branches of trees are also affected by heavy rain and storms and cause damage to property or injuries to people when they sag under the weight of the rain or if they break.
The Right Time for Trimming
There can really be no specific time when trees need to be trimmed. For the healthy growth of a tree it is necessary that dead leaves and branches are constantly removed so that the rest of the tree can benefit. Sometimes, parts of a tree get infected, and it makes sense to trim or remove the infected part before the infection spreads and damages or kills the entire tree.
Insects also make their home in trees and oftentimes affect the bark, leaves or branches. Constant monitoring of the health of a tree is important for its longevity.
Flowering trees must be trimmed only when the trees have stopped blooming. This will ensure that flower buds are not removed before they are allowed to blossom. Proper, seasonal tree trimming helps a tree to remain healthy.
Certain trees, like maples, benefit when the trimming exercise is carried out while they are inactive in the winter season. However, trees like the dogwood, if pruned in the period of April and May, can then be liable to attacks by borers so trimming during this period should be avoided.
Tree trimming is sometimes undertaken to create space under the canopy and give the tree a sleek look and provide shade. This also creates space under the tree that can be safely used by children to play.
Branches that are too close to each other can end up in unhealthy competition and this requires one of them to be trimmed. Storms affect trees and, at times, some of the branches may partially break off becoming dangerous to people walking, standing or riding under them. These must be removed immediately after the breakage.
If a tree gets to the point it’s too unhealthy that trimming can help or save it, then it would have to be removed. Taking care of your trees by trimming and pruning can, in most instances, prolong their lives and prevent having to take the tree down. If your tree is already beyond saving, please see our tree removal page.
Trees Have to Be Trimmed at the Correct Locations
When you think of tree trimming, it seems a simple enough procedure; however, it requires safe, correct ways to access the branches to be trimmed and the right tools to carry out the exercise. It is very important that any trimming be carried out with care, otherwise it can lead to the tree becoming damaged and inhibiting further growth. Open stubs can becomes entries for insects and must be avoided. Trees produce fresh tissue in parts that are cut and in a way to increase their own endurance.
Trees quite often get damaged by the use of machinery being operated around them. Any such damage becomes a place where fungi can take hold. Trees need to be trimmed using equipment that is sharp so the cut can heal properly.
Excessive growth and early blossoms should also be removed. Early blossom tends to take away energy and water from the tree and can hinder or halt its growth. They also can develop “collars” at the bottom of branches and any tree trimming must avoid damaging these collars as it can be harmful to the tree.
Be Careful When You Trim a Tree
Safety is a very vital aspect of any activity and tree trimming is certainly no exception. The use of ladders should be avoided as they can slip, which can cause the ladder to shift. Falling from a ladder with a saw can be very dangerous and can cause serious bodily harm. If you are climbing the tree, use a saddle to plant yourself firmly in the tree before you start any trimming exercise. Wearing protective gear like gloves and eye protection will also help prevent you becoming the victim of an accident.
Make sure that there is nobody standing below the tree. You should be especially careful around homes that have children and pets since you never know when they will inadvertently wander into the job area.Always try to border or tape off the area before beginning.
It is easy to avoid these forms of problems if the tree trimming is done by professionals. Getting professionals to do the job allows you to take advantage of their expertise about the branches that need to be cut, the correct time for trimming and other advice that can help the growth of your tree.
They will normally use bucket trucks to trim trees. The trucks can be driven to places near the tree and the bucket are used to carry the worker up to the point where the trimming needs done. Extra care must be taken trimming trees near power lines. Ensure that the power is switched off and is reconnected only after all the activity has ceased and equipment removed.