When your trees are young, and the branches are low to the ground, it's easy to keep up with trimming yourself. However, once the leaves are over a few inches in size or high off of the ground, it's best to call a professional tree trimmer so that your safety and the health of the tree aren't at risk when trimming is done. Paying to keep your trees in good shape is worth it because trees are usually healthier and more attractive when they're trimmed when needed. Here are a few things to know about tree trimming.
Identify The Types Of Trees You Have
If you have mature trees in your yard, identify them so that you know if they are heritage trees. Your city may have regulations on what you can do with certain species of trees or trees of a certain height or circumference. You may need a permit and an inspection from the city before you can trim back a protected tree.
Consider The Location Of The Tree
The location of the tree might matter when you want to trim it. If the tree is located in a utility easement, the utility company may trim it for you if it's growing into power lines. When you need to trim a tree that's growing close to a power line that's on your property but not in an easement, you'll probably need to coordinate the work between a tree trimmer and the electric company so the trimming can be done safely. If the tree is in the city's easement, you may be responsible for trimming the tree even if you aren't allowed to cut it down. Understand the regulations that apply to the trees that are growing on your property easements so that you know who is responsible for maintaining them.
Watch The Health Of The Tree
One purpose of tree trimming is to remove damaged or diseased branches, so the tree stays healthy. If you notice a patch of dead leaves on your tree or branches twisted and broken by a storm, call for tree trimming services at your earliest convenience. If you delay, an insect infestation or disease could attack the weak tree. Once the disease spreads, trimming the tree will be more work, more dangerous, and more costly. If your tree gets in bad shape, removing it could become necessary.
Learn How Tree Trimming Can Help
While keeping your trees shapely and healthy are important concerns, tree trimming can also help you in other ways. It contains growth so that trees don't scrape your house or the roof of your car. Trees can also be trimmed to thin out the canopy so more sunlight can filter through and brighten your yard. Your trees may need to be trimmed more often when they're young and growing, but since storm damage can happen at any time, your stately, mature trees may need occasional trimming too.