We all want our trees to maintain their health and beauty. One way to do that is with occasional tree trimming. When you cut back broken or dead limbs and branches, you’re allowing the tree to grow correctly. A tree that grows the way it’s supposed to is more equipped to withstand extreme weather conditions and, of course, provide gorgeous foliage. Not only that but trimming trees can help thin over-crowded areas, which provides additional room for growth and increased air circulation. With all this in mind, isn’t tree trimming a no-brainer? Unfortunately, things can get tricky when trees get close to power lines. Keep reading for our top safety tips when it comes to trimming your tree.
- Observe the 10-foot rule – This is an easy one to remember. If a tree is within 10 feet of overhead wires, it’s best to simply call a professional tree service. This distance ensures that you won’t touch any wires while you’re on your way down (which would result in serious injury).
- Work on a steady surface – Very few yards are completely level. That’s why a sturdy ladder is so important for tree care. The last thing you want is to take a nasty fall because you weren’t cautious in the first place.
- Take your time removing large branches – Chances are you probably have a laundry list of things you’d rather do than trim trees. That said, you might think you can rush through the task and get away unscathed. It’s important to know that large branches should be removed in small, easy to handle sections. Do what you can to cut sections that would be ideal for a wood stove or fireplace-size without additional trimming.
- Always remove dead or heavily diseased limbs – Don’t worry about seasonality in this instance. A tree’s long-term health is likely to take a major hit if it has countless limbs that are dead or diseased.
- Never cut a branch flush to a tree’s trunk – Here’s a little trick. Look carefully where the branch meets the tree and you’ll notice what looks like a collar. That should still be attached to the tree after you complete your trimming.
- Avoid sealing any pruning cuts or other wounds – Much like humans, trees have an amazing ability to heal on their own through scar tissue. Spreading anything over the top of a wound only interferes with this process.
- Never ‘top’ a tree – Some homeowners (and tree professionals, for that matter) swear on tree topping techniques when trimming and pruning. While it may be quick and easy, it’s anything but good for a tree. Should you ‘top’ a tree, don’t expect it live more than a few years.
Loveland’s Trusted Arborist
If you determine it’s unsafe to trim your tree, it’s best to get in touch with Schra Tree Care in Loveland. Our certified arborist will get your trees back to looking great without compromising their health. Don’t forget that we also offer fundamental tree health care, going above and beyond basic trimming/pruning.