Tree pruning isn’t as simple as it may seem. In fact, we often recommend that you work with a professional tree maintenance company like Harford Tree as it can be difficult to do the job right the first time if you haven’t had experience. Missteps happen, and if they’re bad enough, they can impact your tree’s quality of life and may result in a permanently damaged tree. Ideally, you want to avoid making any tree pruning mistakes whatsoever. Here is our list of common mistakes and ways you can avoid making them.
A common mistake made by amateur arborists is to try pruning their trees when there are windy, snowy, or rainy conditions outside. Doing so puts your tree and, more importantly, you at risk. Proper tree pruning requires some level of precision and control, so any weather conditions that make that difficult will make pruning more difficult than it needs to be. Wait for the weather to clear up first.
Likewise, choosing to prune during certain seasons is going to have better results as well. For trees that have heavy sap flow, your arborist might recommend you prune them after springtime. If you were to prune during the spring months, you may end up attracting pests due to sap staining. Ask an arborist about your specific trees.
Using the Wrong Tools
The right tools are the key to successful tree pruning. If you use the wrong tools, you may end up with imperfect results or even injuries. Don’t try to substitute with other tools if you don’t have the proper tools. If your tools are old and beginning to blunt, don’t use them. If you don’t have access to the proper tools, reach out to a local tree trimming service and see if they can help you.
Pruning Too Much
If you’re unfamiliar with tree pruning, it can be easy to get carried away with how much and how often you’re pruning. Removing the right amount is both an art and a science, so we typically rely on the trained eyes of a professional arborist to know how much you should prune. When in doubt, remove less rather than more.
Making the Wrong Cuts
Through years of experience, an arborist is going to know what cuts need to be made and where. These cuts ought to be precise, sharp, and well-placed in order to help promote the healthiest tree possible while also creating something that looks aesthetically pleasing. If you’re unsure, contact your local tree maintenance service.
Tree Care and Maintenance from Harford Tree
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