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When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.

Making Your Trees Like New

Three DIY Tree-Trimming Mistakes To Avoid

April Reyes

Many homeowners attempt to save money by trimming their own trees. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, you can cause major damage if you aren't exactly sure what you are doing. By knowing some of the most damaging mistakes, you can actively seek to avoid them if you decide to trim your own trees.

Mistake #1: Cutting back too far

A common mistake, particularly on evergreens, is cutting back too much of the growth. Evergreen trees and shrubs produce new needles on the ends of their branches. The closer a branch is to the trunk, the woodier it is. Fully woody branches can no longer produce needles. If you cut back into this needle-less woody area, you will end up with a bald patch that no amount of time can heal. To avoid this, you need to carefully access the branches before you make the first cut so that you don't cut back too deeply.

Mistake #2: Topping

Topping seems like a quick way to control the height of an ornamental tree, but the only dependable way to control height is to plant tree varieties that can't grow any taller than you desire. Topping is when the top branches of the tree are cut off horizontally, resulting in an unattractive flat top. This kind of trimming also damages trees, as they can't leaf out properly and their balance is thrown off. A better option is to trim back each branch individually, removing no more than a third of its length, while still maintaining the rounded shape of the canopy. Every branch should still contain several leaf buds after pruning.

Mistake #3: Messy cuts

There are many causes of messy cuts. The most common happen when using the wrong tools or dull tools. For example, using shears when a saw would be better can lead to a ragged cut, as can using a dull saw. As a general rule, use a saw for any branch that has a diameter greater than your thumb. Also, sharpen and clean all tools before use. Finally, make cuts in the correct location. When trimming back, cut just to the fore of a leaf bud. When removing a branch entirely, cut it off flush to where it joins another branch or the trunk. Finally, clean up the trimmings when you are done, since they can harbor pests that will later infest your tree.

For more help, contact a tree trimming service in your area, such as Brown's Tree Service.