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5 Tips for Trimming Your Trees

As a tree grows larger, it could pose a danger to your home or your neighbor’s home. It could also pose a threat of knocking over power lines or causing other damage if not kept in check. While trimming your trees can keep them healthy and prevent accidents on your land, there are some guidelines that you need to follow when doing so.

Call the Utility Company When Working Near Power Lines

If a tree branch has grown too close to a power line, call the power company about cutting it for you. In some cases, this will be done for free or for less than what a tree service would charge. By calling professionals to do the job, you keep yourself out of harm’s way in favor of those who have the equipment and experience to do the job right.

Always Use Safety Equipment 

When cutting tree limbs, be sure that you have goggles and gloves on. You should also be sure that you wear a hard hat to protect against any debris that may fall from the tree. If you have to climb a tree, use a fall arrest system or shoes with spikes in them for added grip.

Only Cut Older Trees

If a tree has been in the ground for less than a year, you could be doing significant damage by trimming it. Unless a branch is clearly dead or diseased, let it be until the following year and focus on older trees that need to be trimmed instead. Assuming that you planned properly, a newly planted tree shouldn’t be in an area near power lines or a roof. Therefore, it shouldn’t pose a hazard to life or property in the meantime.

Don’t Cut Too Much of the Tree

No more than a quarter of the tree’s branches should be removed at any one time. This will ensure that remaining branches and leaves are strong enough to keep growing and spouting each year. If more than a quarter of the tree needs to be pruned, it may be best to cut it down completely.

Consult With the Neighbors If Necessary

If a tree extends into the neighbor’s property, it may be a good idea to consult with this person prior to trimming. This is especially true if the limbs may fall in that person’s yard or otherwise fall in spots that block a driveway or other access points to the home.

Trimming a tree can help keep it healthy and vibrant for years to come. It can also ensure that no person or object is hurt or damaged because of the tree. When done properly, tree trimming is safe, affordable and relatively easy home maintenance task to complete.

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