Enjoy a safer, more pest-free Spring & Summer with regular tree and shrub pruning.
You don't have to be a professional horticulturalist to maintain the trees and shrubs on your property. All you need is a few tools and a little know-how to get the job done quickly and effectively.
The benefits of pruning:
- Pruning can help a tree grow upward and avoid a slant that could cause a branch or two to break some day or, worse, fall onto your house.
- Tree branches and shrubs leaning against your home's exterior walls or its roof can be a welcome invitation for pests like insects and small animals to waltz into your house. Whether they're termites or ants living in your woodwork or bats and mice that find their way into your attic, you definitely do not want them around. Prune, and you remove their access points.
- If anyone in your household has allergy problems, pruning can lessen the severity and keep the yard a bit tidier as well.
- Pruning away dead or ailing areas can also help prevent further damage to your trees and shrubs.
- A hand pruner
- A long-handled lopper, for the harder to reach branches
- A hand saw may also be necessary for thicker branches.
The proper way to prune:
- Experts suggest you prune your trees no later than late March to avoid attracting insects to new cuts.
- Trim away dead leaves and branches first.
- Balance out the weight of your trees and shrubs by pruning away at fuller areas.
- Remember, you can always cut more, but you can't fix the mistake if you cut too much the first time. So, take your time, and consider having a family member or neighbor give you advice on how much to trim from a distance.
Caution: If your tree is touching an electrical or utility wire, do NOT attempt to trim it yourself. Hire a professional to ensure no one becomes hurt. Remember to always wear safety goggles, too, as falling leaves and branches can become a hazard.