Nothing is worse than a tree falling and crushing your valuable properties during a terrible storm. Tree trimming, if not involving huge limbs and branches can be done by the homeowner. Although pruning can be simple, there are things to take into consideration before doing it yourself. Some of the factors include the time of the year and the tools needed to complete the job. Here are some of the things you need to know about keeping your tree's overall health and appearance.
Have a Professional Arborist Assess Your Tree
Among other things, this aspect should be the first thing you should do when you want to prune your tree. This is something you cannot DIY. To lessen the risk of your tree overgrowing or falling to your property, have a certified arborist check it every five years. The tree specialist will look for signs of decaying limbs, or diseases, and even branches that are growing too close to a fixed structure.
Look for Dead or Infected Branches
When starting the process of tree pruning, the first factors to look for are dead and infected limbs and branches. Do not hesitate in cutting them off because they do no longer contribute to the health of your tree.
Branches that are too Close to the Other Ones
Branches that grow too close with all the other branches may end up winding with each other. It is important to chop off the smaller ones to give room to the larger ones because they need breathing room to grow. The same is true when it comes to the symmetry and weight of your tree. There are times when a tree will increase its weight on one side which will lead for the tree to become lopsided because of the irregular distribution of the branches' weight.
The Best Time to Prune Trees
It is best to prune trees when they are inactive. It is safe to say that winter is the best season to prune your trees. Trimming the tree during its dormant state will lower the chance of it being infected by pests and disease. When you prune your tree before spring, it encourages healthy and active growth. You can trim your tree anytime in winter if you live in a place with mild climates.
What a tree needs for the first three years is pruning that follows development standards. Once the tree is well-formed, it's the time that it will need regular trimming to keep the shape and proportion of the tree.
If it's your first time to trim your tree, it's wise to start with small limbs and branches. You don't want to hurt your tree by chopping off too many branches. If you're scared that you'll go overboard in pruning your tree, begin by trimming you dead and damaged branches. You can trim the rest of the branches on the following year.
When you regularly do tree trimming yourself, you'll be more comfortable doing it to maintain the overall health of your tree.
Call Tampa Tree Service for a free tree trimming and pruning assessment.