- Pruning or lopping shears
- Small chainsaw
- Hand saw
- Chisel or sharp knife
- Protective eyewear
- Single-pole ladder or extension ladder
Best handled in late winter, tree trimming keeps your trees healthy and your landscape in top shape. Learn how to safely and effectively prune your trees and implement the best tree trimming practices.
Tree trimming is necessary to prevent old or weak branches from falling and causing injury or damaging property. Here are a few reasons why you should trim your trees each winter.
The best time to take on this task is in the late winter or early spring, after the coldest days have passed and just before new buds are about to form. However, you don’t want to trim your trees when the weather is extremely cold.
If you prune in the fall, tree growth is stimulated, which might not be ideal before the harsh, winter months. Fungi also tends to spread more frequently in the fall, negatively affecting tree health after the pruning or trimming process.
Additionally, it’s not a great idea to prune your trees when it’s raining or damp since moisture can breed bacteria and disease. For the best results, wait until the sun is shining and tree branches are dry.
When pruning or trimming a tree, it’s safe to remove the following branches:
Since tree trimming can be dangerous, here are a few safety tips to keep you out of harm’s way during the process.
Before trimming a tree, gather the necessary tools and make sure all supplies are clean and sharp. Rinsing them with warm water and soap and rubbing them with a good oil stone (for sharpness) should do the trick.
When determining whether to perform tree trimming on your own or hire a professional, it comes down to price and safety.
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