DIY Tree Maintenance Tips

Ever been to a forest? Some people including the president of the USA haven’t, remember that “rake the forest” fiasco? I ask that because forests are made up of lots of trees. Inside one you will notice that trees don’t follow rules, they just grow. Your land or property is not a forest meaning it is up you to ensure that the trees on it are in the right location and they don’t pose a threat to you, your home or someone else’s. That’s where tree maintenance comes in.

Tree maintenance or pruning /trimming is done to remove dead, weak, diseased, and crowded branches. In other words, it is “hazard elimination”. If you are a ‘tree owner’ there are a number of things that you should learn to do, they include:

  • Crown cleaning: this is the removal of diseased, dying, crowded or dead branches.
  • Crown reduction: if there are utility lines nearby crown reduction is done for clearance. The idea is to ensure that branches don’t touch power lines.
  • Cutting techniques:  learn how to remove large and thin branches.
  • The right time to prune or trim: do it at the wrong time and you might spread disease or kill the
  • Crown raising: learn how to remove lower branches from a tree to keep them from interfering with pedestrians, buildings vehicles, and three-year-olds.

Should you do your own trimming and maintenance?

 

When was the last time you climbed a tree? Yester

 

day, Two years ago, or maybe you have never climbed a tree. If that’s the case what makes you think that you can comfortably operate a chainsaw while hanging on for dear life with your other hand?

Maintaining tall trees is difficult to work, it is also dangerous. The risks involved are falling, electrocution, insect bites and sometimes death. So If I were you I’d leave tall trees to the professionals.

Small trees, on the other hand, are easy to maintain, you can do the occasional trimming or pruning without putting yourself at risk of death.

In general, you have to think about two things:

  • Maintain your own health: if you feel that the skill or what is required is more than you can dish out you should hire a professional.
  • Protecting the tree’s health: a tree is a living being meaning if you let’s say cut the top portions of it, the tree might die. In other words, you should know what you are doing.

What a tree care company can do

The problem with most DIY projects is sometimes they cause more problems than they solve, think about it, you may end up injuring yourself, causing property damage or you may make a very costly mistake. A tree care company helps you avoid problems with the law. Professionals are insured meaning you won’t have to pay for damages out of pocket if something goes bad and most importantly you won’t have to worry about dying or suffering serious injury.