Tree trimming: A series of helpful tips

Think back to the one time you went about a full day without spotting a tree. Odds are you cannot remember a day like that or it never even happened. This is an example how common trees are in our immediate environment and how important they are to survival.

Trees have been around for over 300 million years with scientists dating the first one to have existed around the carboniferous period. This was well before the evolution or even presence of mankind on earth. Hence it stands to reckon that trees play a vital role in the ecosystem that is simply irreplaceable.

Like human beings, tree growth could be broken down into various cycle starting from infancy till death. At each cycle, trees face different threats to their existence from external factors like adverse weather conditions and internal factors like diseases and defects.

For many trees, the period between it’s infancy and prime adulthood stage is one of the trickiest stages for it because it is easy for it to be affected. At this point, roots are not fully into the ground and the trunk is not strong enough to withstand against strong wind.

Trees also experience stunted growth during this period due to bad posturing or suffering from a genetic disease. Whilst there are removal techniques used to deal with defective trees, there are also corrective techniques used to salvage the best out of defective trees.

An example of such corrective technique is tree trimming. It is defined as the systematic and intentional cutting of a trees features. This Is because contrary to popular beliefs, tree trimming is done based off logical observation where the tree is taken into consideration along with the reason for which it is being trimmed.

Tree trimming is important because it allows provides either aesthetic or health benefits to the tree amongst other things.

Contrary to popular belief, tree trimming cannot be done by simply cutting away at the leaves needlessly. One of the more fundamental foundations for tree trimming is it should be done during the non-growing (dormant)season.

Consider these other tips:

  • Trim only branches that have narrow angles as they tend to be weaker
  • Ensure you do not leave a large stub when you are trimming a branch
  • Make sure you do not cut too close to the branch head as it could cause possible infection
  • Thinning out the crown is easily done when the branches are young

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