Most homeowners can handle a slight pruning job that needs to be done for a tree in their yard; it may be easy enough to lop off a low branch that is breaking away or that is obviously dead. However, it's never a good idea to address on your own any type of major pruning or removal that a tree obviously needs, and even for smaller jobs, it can be good to call a professional. Note a few reasons why this is.
1. Branches need to be pruned a particular way, and in a particular season
Branches are very important to the health of a tree, as they absorb light, air, and moisture. If you lop off a branch during a growing season, you may stunt the growth of the branch and, in turn, the tree's overall health suffers. Each type of tree will have a different growing season and, in turn, a different time of year when it's best to do any pruning and lopping.
Branches should also be cut at a certain angle so that you don't weaken them and they fail to grow back. Cutting them straight or too close to the trunk can mean that the branch continues to decay and, in turn, the tree itself can be damaged.
2. Your tree may be telling you something about your property
When a tree is decayed or diseased, you may want to have a professional examine it before having it removed, as it may be telling you something about your property. For instance, if a tree suffers from root rot, your property may not be draining as it should. In turn, your home may be at risk for water damage as the water collects around the foundation. If a tree is decayed due to lack of hydration, your property may be suffering from soil erosion and soft soil may not be able to support the weight of your home.
3. Your safety is involved
Trimming a small branch while safely on the ground may look safe, but even with small branches, you might be surprised at the risk they pose as they fall. Branches can bounce on the way down, or the weight at the base of the branch can pull it in any direction, especially as it splits from the tree. Rather than risk getting hit or having branches or the entire trunk wind up falling onto a car or your house, call a professional to handle your tree trimming services.
For more information, contact a local tree trimming company like Lucas Tree Services.
Welcome to my blog. My name is Emilie. When I turned thirty, I received the most thoughtful gift from my mum: a tropical tree in a pot. I loved it. I would have never imagined buying something like that, but it lit up my home, and it produced yummy fruit. After having such a positive experience with a potted tree, I decided to invest in a few more. Through the years, I have learned how to take care of potted trees, how to plant them outside and how to ensure they are getting the light they need inside. If you want to buy a tree in a pot or if you already have one, explore these posts. They will guide you toward great tree care.