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7 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Trimming Their Own Trees

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DIY tree trimming is possible with the right tools and knowledge, but it’s important to be aware of the mistakes that can be made in order to avoid damaging your trees. Hiring a professional tree service is the best way to ensure that your trees are properly taken care of. It’s important for the growth, appearance, and health of trees to receive proper tree trimming & pruning.

Tree services have ISA Certified Arborists & expertise to safely trim and prune your trees, and they can also provide you with advice on how to best take care of your trees. DIY tree trimming might seem like a simple and straightforward task, but there are actually a lot of things that can go wrong. Improper technique can result in damage to the tree, and it can also be dangerous for you and your family.

Don’t Trim Random Branches

Often people mistake randomly selecting branches to trim, without taking into account the health of the tree as a whole.

This can lead to:

  1. Uneven appearance
  2. Cause damage to the tree

When trimming branches, it’s important to consider the direction of growth, as well as the weight of the branch. For example, cutting a branch that is growing upwards will put undue stress on the branch below it. Similarly, cutting a branch that is heavy with leaves or fruit can cause the branch to break. Paying close attention is crucial to proper tree maintenance.

Using Dull Tools To Prune Trees

DIY projects can be a great way to save money and get creative. However, commonly we find people use dull blades for trimming that can cause jagged cuts to the tree and make it more susceptible to disease. What about a possible slip that can cause an injury? Leave this to the tree professionals.

Using a rusted dull sheer to prune a tree

Have you ever tried cutting chicken with a dull knife? Most people don’t bother sharpening their blades, and this creates more work later. When you use dull blades you damage the food you’ve put time and effort into preparing.

Potential Health Risks Trimming Trees

One of the most common mistakes people make is failing to properly sanitize their shears. This can easily spread pathogens from tree to tree, causing serious damage. Another common mistake is trimming too much off the top of the tree. This can cause the tree to become top-heavy and unstable, increasing the risk of fallen branches.

Finally, remember that pruning should only be done when necessary. Over-pruning can stress the tree and make it more susceptible to disease. If you’re not sure how to properly prune your tree, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Poor Tree Cleanup Practices

Not focusing on cleanup can lead to serious safety hazards. The most common cause of these accidents is being struck by a falling branch or limb. In order to avoid such accidents, it’s important to take care of the mess you make when pruning your trees.

This includes:

  • Disposing of branches and limbs
  • Keeping the area around the tree clean

DIY tree trimming can be a rewarding experience, but it’s important to be aware of the risks involved.

Trimming & Pruning Trees During The Wrong Time Of Year

It’s important to remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches, but removing too much can stress the tree and lead to further damage. Typically spring-flowering trees should be trimmed immediately after their blooming cycle, usually during late June, while summer-flowering trees should be trimmed in the winter and spring months.

Common Improper Safety Measures

Tree pruning can be a daunting task, and even experienced arborists can make mistakes. There are a number of how-to guides available online, but without the proper training, it’s easy to do more harm than good.  Most people don’t study safety training measures or stay up-to-date on the latest safety measures.

That’s why DIYers often end up making common tree trimming mistakes, such as topping trees or cutting branches too close to the trunk. These mistakes can damage the tree and make it more susceptible to disease or pests.

Caution while not using proper safety measures

In addition, DIY tree pruning can be dangerous; according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 8,200 people are injured each year while trimming trees. For these reasons, it’s often best to leave tree trimming to professionals. There are many reputable tree services available that can help you keep your trees healthy and looking their best.

Watering Your Trees During a Drought

Drought conditions are affecting more and more parts of the country every year. If you’re a homeowner or business owner, it’s important to take steps to conserve water, including properly watering your trees. Here are five tips for ensuring your trees get the water they need during a drought.

Do You Have Sap On Your Car?

Parking under a tree in early spring can be treacherous. You have to worry not only about bird poop but sap as well! The sap is troubling because if left long enough can ruin your car’s paint! If you find yourself with sap on your vehicle, don’t panic! It’s easy to remove and won’t damage paintwork if removal is done immediately.

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We provide fast, safe, efficient, and affordable Brooklyn tree services.


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