Well-tended trees can improve a home’s curb appeal and keep residents safe from weakened limbs. Dying trees or heavy branches should always be removed by experts because they have the tools and experience to complete projects safely. However, most homeowners can handle basic DIY Tree Trimming. The key to great results is choosing the right time and tools for each job. It is also important to choose pruning methods that produce the results homeowners want.
There Is a Time to Prune
Technically, a tree can be trimmed at any time of the year and should be if it poses a threat. However, it is best to prune in late winter or early spring. Trees are dormant during these seasons. There is little sap flow, so trees maintain more of their nutrients. Arborists also suggest trimming very young trees as they grow. Professionals suggest that owners begin pruning and shaping trees about 1to 2 years after they are planted. This helps establish the best structure.
Trimming Requires Specialty Tools
Successful DIY tree pruning requires tools made for the job. For example, landscapers recommend scissor model pruning shears. Homeowners should also invest in lopping shears capable of cutting through branches 2″ in diameter. Homeowners might want a rope saw that makes it possible to stay on the ground while pruning higher branches. Chainsaws are only recommended for very experienced users or professionals. Experts also suggest wearing safety glasses. They recommend regular tool sharpening to ensure clean cuts that reduce stress on trees and discourage insects and diseases.
Choose a Pruning Method
There are various techniques used to prune trees, and each has a specific purpose. Homeowners can clean, or remove dead branches from tree crowns. Thinning involves removing branches to allow more light to penetrate. Raising means cutting lower branches to clear space underneath to allow space for people, vehicles, buildings, and views. Homeowners can also reduce trees, which means cutting limbs to minimize tree size and allow space for utility lines.
Although professionals should remove heavy tree branches, homeowners can handle less-complex trimming projects. To get the best results they should prune during the correct season, have the appropriate tools, and use trimming methods that give the desired results.