If your home’s surroundings are void of any trees, consider adding some floral beauty the next time you feel like remodeling – trees are one of the best-looking features that a home’s yard could have.
Yet for all their awesomeness, trees require fairly-frequent maintenance like all living organisms do. If you’re looking to outfit your yard with some big old trees, make sure you’re ready to care for them as if you were Mother Nature herself. Here are some trimming tips so you can know just the right amount to cut off:
- If there are trees around your home, always be on the lookout for loose or broken branches and remove them accordingly. Aside from potentially harboring disease and pests, loose branches can also fall off and cause significant damage to your home or belongings and even injure you or someone in the vicinity.
- Know how a tree should function through the seasons. Don’t trim the poor tree just because it’s blooming in the spring – if you’re bothered by growth and want something you can have complete control over, opt for a statue or a lamp post instead. Remember: the fact that a tree can’t talk and is therefore unable ask you to stop cutting off its parts is no reason to let loose with the shears.
- Keep in mind that trees can be harmed or even killed by excessive trimming. No, we don’t mean figuratively – since trees are alive, they can be injured by overzealous trimmers without a lot of experience. Always err on the side of too little rather than too much (unless you’re dealing with an infection) – would you rather have an overgrown tree or a dead one?
Knowing when to ask the tree service pros for help
Tree trimming is one of those things that we’re often too proud to ask for help with. After all, it’s just taking some shears and cutting off a few branches, right? Hardly.
Trimming trees requires a lot of knowledge about how they work and the dos and don’ts of the whole thing – a good deal experience with different types of trees is also a plus . This is why many arborists are getting certificates to prove their worth and why more and more clients are looking for these certificates before hiring.
An example of a good time to ask for an arborist’s help is when the high-up branches are in need of trimming. Lack of a fear of heights is no reason to climb twenty feet up on a shaky ladder or a crane whose screws are falling off – you might be surprised by the amount of fall-related injuries that befall DIY tree trimmers.
Aside from safety, wanting the best for your tree is another good reason to work with professionals. Trees take a long time to grow, and when they do, they can last for millennia, but not if humans are working against them. Getting seasoned (no pun intended) arborists to prune and trim your tree is a great way to ensure that its branches will want to hug you on-sight.