Tree Cutting Tips for Homeowners

Cutting the trees on your property can be an important type of care for keeping them healthy. However, there are many best practices that need to be followed if the trimming process is to be effective while avoiding some potentially serious complications or problems.   

Avoid Unnecessary Trimming of Newly Planted Trees

After a tree has been planted, it is important to avoid trimming it for some time. This will allow the tree to be able to more easily establish a root system as having all of its leaves and branches can allow it to produce as much energy as possible. Typically, the only times when you should have these trees trimmed is to remove branches that have been damaged or that have developed the disease. Trimming these branches can help to protect the overall health of the tree, and they are unlikely to be efficiently providing the tree with energy.

Be Aware of the Complications Using Dull Cutting Tools Can Cause

Whenever you are cutting trees, it is important to use tools that are as sharp as possible. Cutting through the tree branches with dull tools can cause unnecessary damage to the branches. To minimize the trauma to the tree during the cutting process, you will want to take a few moments to ensure that any cutting tools are as sharp as possible. Professional tree cutting services will take the time to thoroughly sharpen their tools prior to beginning work on a client's project. Additionally, they may be able to use protective sealants to help close the sites that have been cut to prevent pests, fungal spores, and other potential threats to the health of the tree to target this area.

Perform Any Trimming During the Late Fall and Winter Months

Ideally, any tree cutting work that you need to have done should be completed during the late fall and winter months. These times of the year will avoid the active growing season. This is important for allowing the tree to devote as much of its resources to develop without the shock of having branches removed. In emergency situations, it may be impossible to avoid trimming the trees during the spring and summer months. In particular, this can be necessary when strong storms damage the branches of the tree. If this is unavoidable for your tree, it is important to ensure that the tree receives ample water and nutrients during the weeks following the trimming work. The tree cutting service may be able to offer more specific care instructions for your tree based on the number and importance of the branches that are trimmed.