Trimming a tree at Christmas is usually a fun task, but trimming a tree in your yard may fill you with dread. Trimming, or pruning a tree, if done properly will keep your tree growing strong and looking great for years to come. So what do you do? You grab your tools and get pruning, that’s what! Tree trimming should be done in the late fall or early winter, and waiting till all of the leaves have fallen off is great indicator that the tree is ready for winter and that any trimming you do will result in less stress for the tree. This will be a welcome relief come spring when the leaves are starting to bud again. If your tree has been damaged in a storm, it’s best to just get rid of the broken branches immediately, you don’t want them falling off and making any more mess in your yard than is necessary. The experts say that there is no point in waiting till the late fall to tend to a tree that has been broken in June. click here
So, you have your tree. The branches are growing like wildfire and some are intruding onto your roof or you are walking into them as you go up and down your driveway. This means your tree needs trimming. First, step back and look at the tree, assess it in a way, imagine what you want it to look like and identify the major branches as you will want to keep them intact. Your first task is to get rid of all damaged branches as they make a tree unhealthy. Secondly you want to thin out the areas that are thick with branches, and get rid of any branches that are growing towards the middle of the tree as they are just causing congestion within the tree system itself. Next you want to trim the branches that are obstructions. If some are hitting the roof, trim them back, if they are overhanging the walkway, get them outta’ there. The last pruning you should do is to shape the tree into a nicer shape. Get rid of any branches that are sticking out at odd angles or that are tangled up in other trees. Just remember to only trim what you need to trim, and never remove more than twenty five percent of the branches. You want you tree to be healthy and happy, and with a little TLC you can achieve just that!