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.