If you decide to trim your own trees, there are several things that you need to know about how to do this properly. Many people will take shears, saws, or clippers in order to try to do this on their own. Unfortunately, they can cause more damage than good. They will end up tearing the outside of the bark which could later lead to bug infestations. The outside layer of the tree under the bark is the only living component of the tree, so you need to be careful and not damage this particular area. Here are the best tree trimming tips that you should know if you would like to do this on your own.
What Tools Do You Need?
First of all, you are going to need a hand pruner which is going to help you prune the smaller branches. You will then need a pruning saw for those that are more than 2 inches in diameter. A lopper is similar to a hand pruner, but it gives you a lot of leverage, possessing handles that extend a couple feedback. You also need a chainsaw for extremely large branches, and a pole pruner if you want to get up higher in the tree without climbing it.
How To Properly Prune The Tree
To prune the tree the right way, let’s start with what you need to do at the top. If the crown is looking bad, or if it is simply too high, only one quarter of that crown should be lopped off. None of the branches on the side of the tree should be larger than one third of the total diameter of the trunk. That’s where the chainsaw will come in, as well as the handsaw. You need to make sure that proper angles are maintained at each level of the branches. You should try to have no more than four or five that are equidistant around the center. As you go down, you will notice that they are going to be offset and that is fine. That is what gives the tree a full appearance and is the healthiest way for it to grow. Finally, when you are cutting the tree, you need to come as close to the trunk as possible when you are pruning branches. The initial cut should be at the bottom angling away. You will then cut through, and this will prevent the outside bark and layer from tearing. By using these simple tips, and the right tools, this can be an easy job for you.
What If You Have To Climb The Tree?
If you do have to go up higher, and the pole pruner doesn’t go high enough, you will then need to scale the tree with spurs on your boots. There are specific spurs or spikes that you can use to get to the top of the tree. It’s also recommended that you use some type of safety harness which can wrap around the tree and also connect to you.
Once you have all of the tools that you need, and you follow the simple directions, pruning the tree on your own is not going to be a problem. You will have an easy time finding these tools at a local hardware store. You may even have a few of them in your shed. By being safe, and also following the pruning directions, you should have no problem with all pruning your tree so that it will have the best chance of growing properly during the spring and summer.