Why Tree Trimming Is Necessary

Trees need regular trimming to keep them healthy and safe. A good tree trimmer will evaluate the tree’s health and structure and remove dead branches, limbs that are damaged or diseased, limbs crossing each other, limbs hanging too low (especially from fruit trees) and suckers, which are weak, weedy looking growth at the base of a trunk.

When pruned properly, trees can be encouraged to grow in a desired form. Tree trimming can also be done to repair damage from storms, to open vistas or to provide clearance for traffic and structures.

The most common reason for pruning a tree trimming is to maintain its health and safety. During this process, the contractor will remove diseased or dying limbs, limbs that are damaged from wear and tear or insect infestation, as well as limbs that are growing in an undesirable manner, such as crossing or rubbing branches, thorns below eye level, or water sprouts from limbs.

This type of pruning is usually done by hand using shears, loppers or a chainsaw. Suckers, a type of unwanted, weedy growth that forms at the base of a tree, are often removed by this method as they never mature into desirable limbs and only steal energy from the desirable limbs.

A tree should be pruned to maintain its overall form, however, it is important not to change the form drastically as this can cause serious injury to a plant. For example, a round-topped tree should not be altered into an ascending form, as this will put too much strain on the plant and may result in failure.

When removing a large branch, it is important to make the first cut on the underside of the limb. This will prevent the bark from splitting during the removal process. Once the underside is cut, the next cut should be made on the top side of the limb about 12 inches from the branch collar. The final cut should be made just beyond the point where the limb intersects with the main trunk of the tree.

Using a clinometer can help you determine the height of a tree. Stand back far enough that you can see the entire crown and use the clinometer to find the angle of the highest point of the tree. Then, take your height and add it to the tangent of the incline to get an approximate height for the tree.

If you prefer to avoid complicated math, you can also use the thumb method to measure tree height. Simply place your thumb on the ground and mark where the tip of your thumb is with a marker. Then, position yourself at a spot where you have a view of the whole crown and take your height from there. This is a simple and accurate method for determining a tree’s height, especially if you are not comfortable with climbing or don’t have access to a clinometer. To avoid cutting off too much of a tree, always remove dead or dying limbs first and then work on the remaining limbs over time.