Common Tree Trimming Mistakes
Here are some common tree trimming mistakes that homeowners will make, and why it’s important to consult with a Certified Arborist to assess the tree’s needs.
1. Selecting the Wrong Branches To Trim
Trim or get rid of the branches that look dead, too long, or randomly chosen, right? NO!!! When your Arborist performs a tree trimming service, they will pay very close attention to the branches which they choose to remove, how far they cut them, and the method by which they cut them. If your cuts are not calculated properly the result can be less than desirable. Your tree may become weakened and misshapen if the wrong branches are cut and/or they are not trimmed properly.
2. Too Much Tree Pruning
Whether or not you’re using sharp tools, it’s important not to get carried away trimming your tree. All too often, homeowners think they need to trim more than they do. Over-pruning can damage the tree, sometimes to the point beyond repair. You want to get rid of the dead and dying branches, not the ones that are going to keep your tree alive. Being able to distinguish what should be cut from what should be left alone is a skill that ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST are trained to master.
3. Flush Cutting
Have you considered getting out the chainsaw and chopping down that dead branch? Reconsider your position. While you may have a good concept of what to do, how you go about doing it is equally crucial. If you cut too near to the trunk, you risk injuring the tree and creating an uneven appearance on the bark. This detracts from the attractiveness of your landscape and, to make matters worse, invites disease, fungus, and pests to take up residence
4. Ignoring Safety Measures
Tree pruning is a difficult and dangerous job, and it takes an investment of time, study, and practice to do it well. ISA Certified Arborists must not only study safety training measures, but they also have to continue their training and stay up-to-date on the latest safety measures to keep their certification. The nature of the job has always been dangerous, but fewer accidents happen when homeowners leave the job to professionals who are constantly gaining access to more technology and techniques to keep themselves safe
5. Using Dull and Unsanitized Tool
You may think – my tree is outdoors and a part of nature, why would I need sanitized tools? Well, contrary to popular belief, cutting a tree with dirty tools can lead to infectious fungi and bacteria, This is especially true if the tree you previously cut with the same tools was diseased or sick in any way, as this can spread from tree to tree. Similarly, cutting a tree with dull tools can lead to jagged marks and wounds that will be harder to heal. Making several uneven cuts can lead to damage to important parts of the tree and interrupt how it gets its nutrients.