Common Mistakes with Tree Trimming

Common Mistakes with Tree Trimming

January 8, 2020

Unless you have the proper equipment and training, it is generally a good idea to call in a professional to handle tree trimming for large, adult trees. It takes more than just being handy with a saw to trim a tree in a healthy and responsible manner—you also need to understand how trees grow, and know how to make the cuts in such a way that you do not stunt the tree’s future growth.

Here are just a few examples of common mistakes made with tree trimming in Paso Robles, CA by people who are not qualified to handle the job:

  • Not trimming at the right time: There are certain times of the year in which you should and should not trim your trees, and this varies depending on your location, the species of the tree and the tree’s general condition. If the tree is looking stressed, you should not prune it heavily. You should probably not prune branches that face west during the hottest part of the summer, as that removes some of the tree’s shade from the hot sun, resulting in potential scalding. Talk to a certified arborist about the best time of year for trimming the trees on your property.
  • Pruning too much: Over-pruning is one of the most common mistakes made by people who do their own tree trimming. You should never trim off more than 15 to 20 percent of a mature tree’s foliage at once. Typically, just five to 10 percent will be more than enough. By cutting off too much of the canopy, you prevent the tree from being able to make enough food and nutrients to be able to structurally support itself. Be very careful about how much you take off—otherwise, you run the risk of killing the tree.
  • Topping: This is one of the ugliest mistakes that can be made with tree pruning. Topping refers to a situation in which you cut away too much of the top of the tree’s crown. This creates a tree with severely weakened branches and a very unattractive appearance.
  • Incorrect cuts: As we mentioned earlier, one of the things you must know in order to prune a tree in a healthy manner is not just how many cuts to make, but where and how to make those cuts. Many people tend to trim off branches far too close to the main trunk, which results in removing the branch collar, which has cells designed to heal the wound from the trimming. The resulting callus from the collar prevents diseases from getting into the trunk. If you cut the branch flush to the trunk, that means you’ll allow pests and diseases to get into the drunk, which makes it much more likely the tree will die.

These are just a few examples of some of the most common mistakes made by people who attempt to do their own tree pruning in Paso Robles, CA. For more information about our tree trimming services and why it’s important to work with a professional, contact Neumann & Sons Tree Service today.

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