Busting Apart Myths About Tree Trimming

Posted on: 14 October 2021

Tree trimming is a service that sounds pretty simple but is actually more complex and involved than you might assume. There are specific techniques that tree trimmers use in order to avoid harming the tree. Various trees need to be trimmed at different times. And even knowing which branches to trim takes practice! Unfortunately, there happens to be a few myths circulating about tree trimming. This article will bust right through them.

Myth: Mature trees don't need trimming.

Truth: Mature trees do not need to be trimmed as often as young trees. However, they should still be trimmed on a regular basis. You can generally get away with having them trimmed every few years or so. The trimming isn't really necessary to shape the tree anymore. But even mature trees end up with damaged branches, diseased branches, and crossed branches that will only cause bigger problems if they're not removed. 

Myth: You can trim your own trees by just cutting the ends off too-long branches.

Truth: If you do decide to trim your own trees, you absolutely want to avoid doing so in this manner. Cutting the ends of branches is actually the worst way to trim! Tree branches grow from their ends, so by cutting off the ends, you're removing the actively growing tissue. The proper way to trim a tree is to remove entire branches. Cut each branch just an inch or so from the trunk. This will leave the tree much healthier.

Myth: You can only trim trees in the spring.

Truth: Spring tends to be when people tidy up their landscapes. And it can be a good season for tree trimming, too. You just have to be certain you trim the trees in the very early spring before buds appear. If there are buds on the trees, you're too late. Many trimmers actually prefer to trim trees in mid to late winter so they can avoid breaking or removing any buds. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Maple trees have a lot of sap flowing in late winter, for example, so they are best trimmed in the summer. The best approach is to tell your tree trimming company what kind of trees you have and let them recommend the best time of year to trim.

Now that these myths have been busted, you are well equipped to take better care of the trees on your land. For more information about tree trimming services, contact a local company.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.