Everything You Need to Know About Tree Trimming


When it comes to trimming trees, many people have different approaches. Some relish the opportunity to fire up the chainsaw. They go at it full-speed ahead and hack the tree down to a nub. Others gingerly remove branches piece by piece in a fashion so delicate you can’t tell they even did anything in the first place. And, of course, when it comes to the best time of the year to prune, everyone has their ‘expert’ opinion.

We are here to set the record straight. We will cover the best methods for trimming your trees. We will also let you know when is the best time of year to do a little tree manicuring or pruning.

Why Pruning Your Trees Is Important

Properly trimming trees can provide an array of benefits for both trees and humans. It can lead to less obstructions for pedestrians and vehicles, a better view, and a safer environment. Proper trimming produces sturdier branches, reducing the likelihood of a branch breaking and falling, which could lead to injury or property damage. Proper trimming and maintenance also makes trees healthier. This reduces the likelihood the tree will die early and need to be removed.

When Is the Best Time to Trim Your Trees?

For most plants, winter is the best time of the year to prune. It is best to prune when the plant is dormant and before new growth begins. Winter pruning primes the plant for growth in the spring. Pruning gives a few other advantages. Thinning out the canopy of a tree allows more sunlight and air to reach the remaining leaves. This will give the tree’s remaining branches the best opportunity to thrive. However, no matter the time of year, you want to remove dead stems or branches when you see them.

How to Properly Prune Your Trees

Proper pruning is nothing more than a case of having the right technique and tools. Many of us can be tempted to fire up the chainsaw and begin sawing off branches with a wide-eyed grin. This is not the best way to do it. You really want to be deliberate about the branches you remove. For most cases, power tools are overkill. Handheld tools are more than up to the challenge, so long as the blades are kept sharp.

When it comes to what to prune, you want to look for dead, diseased, or precariously positioned branches. Pruning diseased branches at the first opportunity can prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the tree. If encouraging the tree to branch out is your goal, use heading cuts. Heading cuts are cuts that are made straight across so all the branches become the same length. If you want the canopy to become more open and let more sunlight through, use thinning cuts. Thinning cuts are made when branches are deliberately removed to allow more room for growth of existing branches.

Removing Large Tree Branches With Tree Trimming

Sometimes trimming your trees leads you to removing some rather large branches. There is a technique you should follow as opposed to just lopping off the branch and shouting timber. Of course, you want to make sure you are in a safe place where the branch can fall without causing a problem.

Your first cut should be made on the underside of the branch about 12 to 18 inches from the tree trunk. The cut on the underside of the branch should go about a third of the way through the branch. Cutting on the underside first helps to minimize the bark tearing when the branch is removed.

The second cut should be made from the top several inches outside of the cut from the underside of the tree. This cut should go all the way through removing the tree branch. The third and final cut should be made close to the point where the branch connects to the trunk. However, the cut should not be made completely flush with the tree trunk. Here is a simple, pictorial guide on how to remove larger branches from a tree.

Reach Out to Fielding Tree And Shrub Care Today!

At Fielding Tree and Shrub Care, we are tree trimming experts. We understand exactly what techniques to employ and what branches to remove so that you are left with the healthiest, best-looking tree possible.

We also understand tree trimming can be a nerve-racking and intimidating experience, especially if you have a tall tree that needs trimming. Don’t risk getting hurt. Reach out to us today to schedule your tree trimming appointment. After all, it’s what we do.