When trees are added as part of landscaping, they will need to be regularly maintained through trimming. Tree trimming ensures safety while preserving a desired aesthetic appeal.
This task involves more than just cutting branches off without an understanding of how to execute the task properly. Improper care can damage the tree and possibly shorten its life. Therefore, learn how to execute tree trimming properly or hire a professional arborist.
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Common reasons to trim a tree include removal of dead branches, to create room around limbs that are crowded together or to eliminate a potential hazard. Trees also need to be thinned in some scenarios. While this may not improve the health of the tree, it can reduce the amount of energy the tree must expend to grow.
If a tree is present in an area with high pedestrian traffic, the tree may need to have lower branches trimmed or removed in order to create a clear walkway for people. And finally, when a tree is part of landscaping, it may overgrow its desired size. Because of this, it will need to be reduced through tree trimming.
The appropriate time of year to trim trees is when they are dormant. This phase takes place from late fall to early spring. Also consider waiting until the leaves have fallen off the tree in order to get a better view of its entire structure.
This will help make a clear plan of how and where to make cuts. When removing branches, cuts should be made at the branch collar, which is the area where the branch connects to its parent branch or the tree trunk, depending on where the branch is growing within the tree.