3 Tree Trimming Mistakes To Avoid

Oftentimes, people think they can prune their own trees. Who doesn't want to save as much money as they can? Just about everyone is looking to save money today. The problem is you could end up destroying your trees and opening them to damage and disease. Before you know it, your trees are dead and there is nothing you can do to bring them back. To keep your trees looking amazing for quite some time, here are a few things you want to avoid.

Timing your trimming wrong.

There is a right time and a wrong time to prune. Depending on the tree's condition and what species it is, you have to make sure you are timing the pruning right to prevent destroying the tree. Look for signs of whether the tree is stressed or not. If it is, you don't want to start pruning it. That will only make the situation worse. This is where you need a licensed arborist to come in and examine the trees for you to see if they should be pruned or not. Removing large limbs at the wrong time could scald your trees and severely damage your once beautiful trees.

Topping your trees.

Topping tends to be one of the most common mistakes in tree pruning today. It tends to happen quite often with trees growing too large for the areas they were originally planted in. People with the crapemyrtles tend to top them off because they are under the assumption that it will help the tree bloom more. Cutting a large section off the crown of the tree leaves you with a weakened structure and an unappealing tree. Don't do it.

Lifting the canopy higher than it should be.

Ever heard the expression broccoli trees? Well, this is the result of raising the canopy on the tree far higher than it should be. Unskilled individuals often go out and take all of the lower branches off the tree to try and raise the canopy up. In the end, you get a bare trunk and a ton of foliage all at the top of the tree. This "stalk of broccoli" not only looks unappealing, but it isn't healthy for your trees either.

Instead of attempting to handle it on your own, turn to Ironwood Earthcare or another local arborist who can help you get the job done quickly and efficiently without causing damage to your beautiful trees in the process.