Cutting branches and trimming a tree is a difficult job, not to mention the climbing part where you have to put your life at stake in cutting annoying or unnecessary tree parts while trying to balance yourself by the same branches to keep you from falling. When you’re a regular homeowner with lots of trees in your surrounding you’re probably experiencing overgrowths which are somehow dangerous not just to the people around but also to other structures that might get hit whenever a broken branch fall down. This means that it is really necessary to regularly prune and trim your trees, but it is always easier said than done. Tree trimming is a rather complex and hard activity and many mistakes might happen. Here are the three common mistakes that people make whenever they are trying a do-it-yourself trimming:
First and foremost, is when the cut in the branch is too short. This is one of the most common mistakes that tree cutters commit every time they get their hands on their equipment and starts trimming a trees. They do not realize that the tree branches should be cut in a flush along with the trunk. When the cut is very short, the branch collar will probably be cut also. The tree has a branch collar that produces a similarly callous tissue that will always remain as a scar in orderto protect the tree from getting further damage and disease that will later result to decay. If you include the branch collar in cutting, the tree will have a hard time to recover. If you begin to notice any seeping wounds or any rotten holes in your tree, you are actually looking at the effect of accidentally or intently cutting the branch collar.
Healing is the main activity that a tree has to undergone after it was pruned or trimmed through its branch collars. However, a branch collar can only produce callous tissues and allow healing if all the branches in its vicinity are gone and properly cut off. The branch collar also needs to be properly intact though. However, the main point is, when a branch is not properly cut and is still too long, it prevents the tree from getting healed which could result to several consequences in the future. Lastly, is failing to do any relief cuts. Failing to do the relief cuts, means the heaviness of the limb is still there, and while you are trying to trim the branch part at the back of the trunk while the weight is there, there is a huge risk that the branch would split off. If this happens, it can cause damage to the trunk which can leave the whole structure of the tree susceptible to infestation and disease.
Take heed of these common mistakes that many people commit in order to avoid doing it when you are planning to do a trimming on your own trees. However, if you are half-hearted and afraid that you might accidentally commit these mistakes, there are many tree service companies that can help you with tree care work efficiently and with a very affordable price.