Tree trimming and lopping that involves very large limbs and branches, is a task that can be risky and dangerous but still can be handled by average homeowner. Tree is just like lawn, needs your regular look after and trimming. You can’t just let it grow. Otherwise it might get too big and get in the way in your drive way. Pruning is very important as it helps the tree stay healthy. Technically speaking, tree lopping can be done any time of the year, but it is recommended that to trim your tree in late winter or early spring because during these times most trees are dormant. Pruning trees around the time will help reduce or eliminate the amount of sap flow from the stump, which allows the tree to retain more nutrients. If you are unsure about how to lop your tree, it is better to hire professionals to do the tree lopping for you. However, we have put together a tree trimming guide for you and help you find this article helpful.
There are several general approaches and techniques you can apply when pruning trees.
- Cleaning—there are dead, diseased and weak branches on the crown of a tree. You need to identify them and remove them.
- Thinning—this approach is very beneficial for trees. It has a number of different advantage. Removing branches allows more light to come through and reduces stress on heavy limbs. It also helps the tree to grow its natural shape. You should remove crossing branches that rub on each other.
- Raising—you should remove lower branches as they usually get in the ways of vehicles, pedestrians and views and reach out to the buildings nearby.
- Reduction—reducing the size of trees by removing the branches so you can make room for utility lines.
Making the Cut
You can’t just trim the tree to the way you like. There is a proper way to do so. Look for a spot about 3 inches from the collar of the branch and make the cut about one third of the way through the branch. By doing so, you will prevent the branch from getting harmed from future growth when being severely torn. Then, cut slightly beyond this first slice and cut straight through the branch. Lastly, cut through the remaining portion of the branch, as near to the collar as possible, but keep in mind not to touch the collar.
Should You Seal or Not
For most trees, it is unnecessary to seal the stump after trimming as the Mother Nature will do the job. However, there are exceptions. Trees such as oak, birch and elm are relatively fragile and prone to disease, you should seal the stumps of them after pruning.
When to Call In an Expert
As this task might involve height, falling of large branches and the use of large and heavy tools such as chainsaws that could lead to serious injury, it can be quite risky and dangerous. If you are inexperienced, we recommend you call in professionals when the job needs to be done.