We understand, as a homeowner, it is easy to feel like you have to take care of all your landscaping needs by yourself. That being said, there are a few tasks that you might want to leave to experienced professionals. Tree pruning is an extremely specialized landscaping technique and should always be performed by professionals. Below, we have listed some of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when they choose to trim their trees by themselves.
Using Dull Tools
All too often homeowners approach tree pruning with the mentality that while it might take some chopping and cutting, all that you have to do is get through the branch. While yes, the goal is to remove the branch, it can be damaging to the tree if the tools that are used are not properly maintained.
Not Sanitizing Tools
It is just wood, right?
Most homeowners view living trees and fallen trees as the same — after all, they are both wood. That being said, pruning a tree is very much the same as surgery in the sense that dirty tools can cause potentially deadly infections. Instead of transmitting soil-borne diseases, consider either sanitizing your tools or relying on our Loveland tree services next time your trees need pruning.
When homeowners begin to trim their own trees, they can start to get a little too “chop happy.” Essentially, what we mean is that people tend to think that there is nothing else to be considered other than how the tree looks and is balanced. When people begin trimming too aggressively, they can remove the apical meristems of the tree (the growing tips) and cause the growth of the tree to be stunted.
When people think of branch pruning, they typically think that there are two objectives — cut the branch and make it look nice. Because of this, they might try to cut the branch too close to the trunk of the tree. This is known as flesh cutting and it can cause a number of problems including making the tree more susceptible to disease, fungus, and pests.