Why DIY Tree Care Isn’t Worth The Risk

Why DIY Tree Care Isn’t Worth The Risk

When people think of tree care, here in Northern Colorado, they tend to think of clipping a few branches here and there or maybe sometimes borrowing the neighbor’s extendable branch saw to cut a larger branch that is out of reach.

While yes, tree care is oftentimes a simple Sunday morning chore, when it comes to pruning we suggest that you leave it to the pros. Here at Schra Tree Care, we specialize in a wide range of tree care services ranging from tree removal to deep root fertilization and more — but if there is one service that we recommend that everyone gets in touch with us for, it is tree pruning.

Continue reading more blow to learn more about why tree pruning should be left to the professionals.

Tree Pruning Is A Dangerous Job

While clipping or cutting a couple of branches might seem like an easy chore, it is actually rather dangerous. There are a number of tools and processes involved that usually results in a mixture of ladders, chainsaws, handsaws, and even harness rigging systems. While it might not seem that dangerous to climb up into your tree with a chainsaw to prune a branch, it can be incredibly dangerous and it only takes one simple mistake for a major accident to occur. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau, tree pruning is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. And to make matters worse, when tree pruning is completed by a homeowner without the proper training, the chance of fatality rises exponentially.

Improper Pruning Can Have A Negative Impact On The Tree

As an arborist in Loveland, we have been providing Northern Colorado communities with tree trimming and tree pruning services for over 30 years. In fact, tree pruning is one of our most sought-after services, as it is necessary for the health and development of each tree.

If a tree is not properly pruned or not pruned as often as needed, it can suffer from a number of different health issues. The most common issue caused by improper pruning or the lack of pruning is the weakening or instability of the tree. If a tree has not been properly pruned, it can become unstable enough that a small gust of wind could topple it.

In addition to affecting the physical structure of the tree, the improper use of tree trimming can also lead to disease and rot. As professional tree services providers in Loveland, we have a ton of experience pruning trees in such a way that they can continue to grow and remain healthy, but an untrained hand might create unnecessary exposure to disease or rot.


Common DIY Tree Pruning Mistakes

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.

Flush Cutting

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.

Get Your Pruning Right The First Time, Contact Your Local Loveland Arborists

If you own a home or commercial property in Northern Colorado, it might make sense to do your tree pruning and trimming yourself. While it might seem like an easy task, there are a number of different things that can go wrong if you do not have the proper tools or experience.

In order to avoid damaging your trees, consider contacting us to schedule tree pruning services for your home or business. We look forward to helping your trees grow properly!