How to Trim A Tree Properly

In this series, i will love to look at two major issues; first is how to trim your trees yourself and secondly, how to hire a professional and what will be the cost, i will share my experience with experts from

Limbs of trees are trimmed for any one of the following reasons; they’re crossing or rubbing another limb, they’re dead or diseased,  they’re growing inward or competing with another branch. Another reason for tree trimming may be to raise or open the canopy, could be to provide more vertical clearance or to allow more light to reach the ground.

Nonetheless, there is a right and wrong way to trim those limbs. Trees quickly recover when cut properly, but the wrong cut can create a snowball affect of negative consequences.

Suggested below is a three step approach to trimming tree limbs.

  1. The first cut should be made about one or two feet out from the tree trunk. The cut should start on the underside of the limb and then go into it, but only about a third of the way. This step is a very important step in the process.
  1. Make sure the second cut is outside of the first cut another foot or two. This cut should be made all the way through the branch. The branch might break away as you saw your way through the limb. In as much as you have already made the first cut on the underside and closer in, the bark of the tree will not continue to tear down into the tree trunk.

If the first cut is not done, the attached and uncut bark will go with the branch as it breaks away from the weight of the limb, thereby tearing it from the tree as well. This can create a big problem, causing a large open wound and entry point for pests and diseases.

  1. The final cut should be right at the branch collar where the branch meets the trunk. You have to look for the flaired area here and then make the final cut in such a way that the flair is still apparent afterwards. If you cut it properly, this flair will heal over and later fill in with new bark and scar tissue. A sign that will tell you that the tree is healing properly is when you notice what looks like a doughnut forming where the cut was made.

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