3 Tips For DIY Tree Trimming

Want to improve your home's curbside appeal? Learn different ways to implement trees and what professional tree services can do to help in this blog.

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Your home is where you should feel proud and happy to welcome others to the most important space in your life. There are many ways mature trees add to curbside appeal, from providing shade to looking majestic and adding to the feel of permanence. Well-tended, mature trees add value to your home, and using a professional tree service will keep your trees looking their best. A good tree service will know how to trim large trees safely, while keeping their shape attractive without damaging their health and growth. Untended trees look messy, and the risk of branches falling during a storm or high winds increases with the age of your trees and the length of time they’ve gone without proper care. Learn different ways to tend to your trees and what professional tree services can do to help in this blog.


3 Tips For DIY Tree Trimming

7 December 2021
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Do you have trees on your property that could use some trimming? If so, it will help to know these tips for getting the job done.

Work Safely

Tree trimming can involve removing branches that are hanging over your head. It's important that you always keep safety in mind when removing those large branches. Work gloves can help protect your hands from accidentally being cut using a handheld pruning saw. A hard hat can also protect you from falling branches.

Use A Three-Cut Pruning Technique

The trick to pruning a tree is to cut off branches in a way that does not harm the bark and the trunk of the tree. The best way to do this is by using a three-cut pruning technique so that the weight of the branch does not come down and rip the branch off the tree.

Start by making some cuts a bit further out from where you actually want to remove the branch. The first cut will be underneath the branch, and it will only go about a quarter of the way through. This cut relieves the tension that would normally be on the bottom of the branch. A second cut is then made on the top side of the branch, which will remove the bulk of the branch completely. You'll notice that as the weight pulls the branch down that it doesn't rip off any bark.

Identify Where To Make The Last Cut

Your third and final cut is made closer to the trunk of the tree, which will remove the short stub that remains of the branch. However, you need to know where exactly to make the cut. You want to make it at the branch bark ridge, which is the area where the trunk's bark and the branch's bark meet. The bark layers are being pushed upward at this union, which makes it easy to identify since it is a bit swollen.

By cutting the branch at this part rather than close to the collar, the trunk of the tree is going to grow new bark that will cover up the cut that you are making. Over time, the tree is going to heal much better by forming over the cut, rather than leaving an exposed part of the branch sticking out. 

Don't feel confident in your tree trimming skills? Then consider hiring a professional to take care of it for you.