You have a chainsaw and a ladder, so it is okay to do your own tree trimming—wrong. This is a common assumption of some homeowners that should be corrected. Trimming is one of the most dangerous tasks that you can ever do in your landscape. It causes approximately 100 deaths in the country in a year. Even if you have the right equipment, but you don't have enough knowledge about the process, you can be putting your tree and yourself in grave danger.
We want your tree to live to its fullest lifespan and become an asset in your yard. However, this will not be possible if you keep making mistakes when trimming your trees. Below are some of the most common mistakes we do when trimming our trees that lead to them being damaged, sometimes beyond recovery. Avoid doing these things to your trees.
It is imperative to remove dead and damaged limbs to keep the tree healthy and aesthetically pleasing. But sometimes, homeowners make a mistake by removing a branch that is in perfect condition. This act can be counterproductive to the development of your tree. The tree depends on its branches and limbs for the distribution of nutrients from photosynthesis. If you remove too many of these limbs, the tree will have a hard time growing that will result in stunted development. When trimming trees, it is important to consider the long-term effect of each cut that you will do and how it will affect the overall health of the tree.
Tree topping can be considered the most heinous act you can ever do to a tree. Sadly, some inexperienced tree care companies and homeowners perform this to their trees. Topping a tree is cutting mostly the branches at the crown of the tree. Its primary goal is to limit the vertical development of the tree, but it often has negative results. Your tree will be left susceptible to pests and diseases because of its limited bloom and leaf production. If you talk to a tree expert, tree topping will never be on the list of solutions that he will offer due to the many detrimental effects it brings your trees.
Hasty Tree Pruning
Pruning is more than just cutting a branch or a limb off a tree. It requires proper knowledge of techniques on how to trim a tree. You should know which part of the branch to be cut so it can heal fast. If you cut through a tree's trunk, you may cause it to lose its strength. Also, you have to be careful not to cut through the tree collar because it will be difficult or even impossible for some trees to recover if this is the case. A damaged tree is a haven to pests and diseases that can cause more troubles for you.
You should also consider the timing of trimming a tree. Avoid cutting a tree during summer or the coldest part of winter because trees are fighting too hard to survive during extreme weather conditions such as these.
Trees come in different size and shape. One example is the leaves of a maple tree and that of the sycamores. The dimensions and shapes of trees depend on the species of the tree and how the roots form, as well as the kind of flowers and fruits it bears. Most homeowners consider these things when choosing trees that they will plant in their landscape. In choosing the right tree shape, you can also help minimize the amount of work involved in trimming it to maintain it's form. Some would prefer a lot of flowers in their yard while others don't want to deal with the falling leaves a tree can bring. When trying to look for a tree to be planted in your yard, don't forget to consider one important factor: the shape of the canopy. Tree experts recognize eight tree shapes. In this article, we will list the eight tree shapes.
Columnar trees are tall in size and have this structure with a narrow vertical shape as well as its branches. The columnar shape is also known as the fastigiate with minor differences. Trees with this shape are suitable for aesthetic purposes because of its great structure, and it doesn't take too much space in your yard. Trees having this shape would make excellent privacy screens and fences.
It is a typical tree shape with a rounded crown such as the white oaks. Trees with this shape are upright and have a sturdy trunk. These trees are good as natural shade because of their dense foliage and branches are hidden and enveloped by the leaves.
Pyramidal or Conical Shape
Trees that have a pyramidal shape creates a broad crown at the bottom and begins to point as you reach the top. On the other hand, trees that have conical shape are more of a bullet-shaped and look thinner. These trees require space for them to grow to its fullest.
Vase-shaped trees have branches that tend to grow in an arching shape. Its branches are most extensive at the top. Trees that have this shape are great for pathways because of its aesthetics as well as the shade it provides.
Spreading or Open-Shaped
Trees that have this form have an open shape and mostly wider on top. Open-shaped trees can be a big tree or a small specimen tree. The shade they create are usually spotted, but they are an excellent tool for softening fixed structures.
Weeping Shaped Trees
Weeping-shaped trees have long branches that stretch downward and typically touch the ground. The weeping-shaped tree usually has no pattern and dramatic. Trees with this shape are great as an accent for your landscape. Trees under this category should never be planted close to streets or pathways because they can block the view.
Umbrella Shaped Trees
The canopy of this tree makes an umbrella shape which spreads wide on top. Trees with this shape are good for shade, especially for patios.
Call Trinity Tree Service for all your tree care needs. We are open seven days a week and can usually provide an estimate the same day as you call.