Trimming your trees (pruning), is absolutely essential to the overall health and longevity of your tree. Not only will it allow your tree to grow more fully, it will also allow you to redirect the growth of your tree. In addition, it makes owning a tree much safer; the risk of falling branches that can harm person or property should always be managed carefully. If you need to remove potentially dangerous branches away from your home, or yard, knowing how to do so is step number one. To learn more about My Trees: http://www.mytreesroundrock.com/ (512)520-0201
Remember, always consult a professional arborist if your tree is exceptionally tall or large. You always want to put your safety above all else. Don't attempt to trim a tree that is too high for safety. However, if your tree is small enough and you are confident you can trim it safely, feel free to do so! Let's talk about when to do that.
- When Should You Trim Your Trees?
In general, you should prune or trim your tree during the dormant season. This is typically between late fall/early winter. This time frame can vary depending on tree species. This is the ideal time to remove any dead branches, or potentially hazardous growth. There are some other circumstances in which trimming might be necessary as well. For example:
- When branches or tree growth begins to encroach on property in a dangerous way. For example, if they grow out into traffic or towards your home. These branches should then be removed for safety.
- If the tree's growth poses a danger to electrical wiring such as power lines, it should be trimmed.
- If you feel like a tree branch has the potential to fall and injure pedestrians or friends and family.
A general rule of thumb is, if you see that growth of the tree could pose a future problem, remove it.
- How to Safely Remove Branches.
As stated above, safety is going to play a massive role in how you proceed with trimming. Branches that are too high up, or too large to safely remove shouldn't be done yourself. You should always carefully consider the nature of the growth before moving forward. In general, branches 2 inches in diameter or less, are perfectly safe to remove on your own using pruning shears. Branches that are between 2-4 inches in diameter will require you to weigh the safety yourself as they may require heavier equipment. Branches any bigger than that should be removed by a professional arborist.
Remember to always make sure that the area beneath the tree is fully cleared before proceeding with any trimming, and do not stand directly underneath the falling branches. Anything that requires you to climb up on a ladder to remove should be done by a professional.
- Final Thoughts.
Your annual tree trim is absolutely critical to the future health and safety of your tree. However, you should always remember to keep safety as the highest priority. Never engage in any trimming that requires heavy equipment without the consultation of experts first. Improper removal of larger branches can result in safety risks towards you, and your property as well as the tree itself.
If you are confident that you can safely remove any potentially hazardous tree growth on your own, make sure to do so. Your tree, and your property will thank you later!
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