Just about all of us have experienced driving past a home and noticing how impeccably manicured the yard was. It wasn’t just that the lawn was cut or there were flowers planted out front. It was also because the trees appeared to be well-trimmed too.
In order to achieve a similar effect, while you could hire a landscaper to do the tree trimming and pruning for you, if you have the equipment that you need and you’d like to actually save a few dollars, we have some tips on how you can these things on your own.
Check these out below:
Cut the water sprouts and root sprouts. In the springtime, it’s important to do some pruning, preferably before you see blooms on the branches. The reason why is so that you can remove any damage that might have been caused by the harsh winter weather. Be especially aware of the water sprouts or root sprouts. Not only do they tend to look really unattractive, but they can also totally zap your trees of their energy.
Look for limbs that are disease-infected. A part of the reason why a lot of landscapers recommend that you prune your trees during the winter season is for one thing, there are no leaves then, so you can see the branches more clearly. Another reason is due to the fact that it’s easier to remove the ones that are disease-infested during the dormant season. Two kinds of trees that tend to be susceptible to disease are dogwoods and crabapples so if you have these in your yard, be sure to give them extra-special attention.
Observe a branch’s size before you prune. During the winter season, it’s also a good idea to prune the trees with limbs that appear to be too long to support ice and snow. You also want to cut back the branches that are hanging right over your roof so that you can prevent critters from trying to get into your attic. However, as you’re doing the trimming, it’s important that you pay close attention to the size of the branches. If you’re planning to remove about five centimeters (as it relates to the branch’s diameter), that should be fine. If it’s 10 or more, we recommend that you hold off unless you have a really good reason for doing so.
Focus on branches that have a V-shape. One thing that companies like the Minnesota Tree Surgeons will probably recommend is that you look for the kinds of tree branches that look like they have a V-shape. These are usually the kind that are weak and have narrow angles. Ideally, what the branches on your trees should look like is strong and U-shaped.
Prune young trees as soon as possible. Remember that pruning serves several purposes. By pruning, you can “train a tree” when it comes to creating its shape, you can help to keep it healthy as it grows and you can also use trimming and pruning as a safety precaution so that heavy limbs do not fall onto your house or you. So, if you have young trees in your yard, make sure to trim them just as soon as you possibly can. The more attention that you give them now, the more beautiful they will be in the years to come.