Austin Tree Trimming & Pruning Services
Tree trimming is one of the most effective methods of improving the appearance of your property. Properly maintained, landscaped trees help make your home a more beautiful and desirable place. Professional pruning and tree trimming services improve the health of your trees, prolongs their life, and keeps you safe from unhealthy or dangerous limbs. Routine tree trimming typically occurs once per year during the dormant season, but our Austin arborists can make the best recommendations for your specific situation.
The arborists at Happy Tree Service know the trees in Austin. Your tree trimming or tree cabling service requires a level of care to maintain their safety and aesthetics. Proper pruning is done with an understanding of how each tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can kill a tree or cause life-long damage. At Happy Tree Service, we only prune and trim with a full understanding of both the goal of the trim and the biology of the tree. Unnecessary or improper trimming is wasteful and dangerous. For example, some tree diseases, such as oak wilt, can be spread when pruned during certain seasonal periods. Our Certified Austin Arborists understand that proper tree trimming, combined with an understanding of tree biology, maintains tree health while enhancing the aesthetic value of your property.
More About Tree Trimming
Besides keeping up appearances, pruning a tree can have many other benefits. It’s important that you trim dead branches from trees so that there isn’t a risk of them falling and hurting people, power lines, and structures. Removing these harmful pieces of the tree benefit its surroundings and the tree itself. Pruning can allow for trees to have more freedom and space as they grow and create a more structurally sound configuration of branches. While it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to take care of the important task of pruning trees, with a bit of research you should be able to safely take care of small issues by yourself.
In order to start trimming your trees properly, there are a few things that you must know. The best time to trim is especially important in order to keep your trees healthy. The best time to prune your trees is during spring and early summer, although this can vary greatly depending on the type of tree you’re intending to trim. While some trees benefit from being trimmed in the winter when they’re dormant, others such as Oaks cannot be trimmed at all from April to October because of the risk of disease. Before you begin trimming, you should do some further research or consult with an arborist to find out exactly what time of year is the best to trim your tree. Emergency trimming is of course an entirely different matter, and you should remove any branches that you feel are a danger to the tree and its surroundings as soon as you can. However, in these cases you should go ahead and call in a professional to take care of endangering branches.
Some basic guidelines about trimming are also necessary to learn if you are planning on trimming your trees yourself. First, make sure that when you are cutting off a branch, you cut as close to the collar of the branch as possible. This makes it easier for the tree to protect against any insects or diseases that might try to enter the tree through cracks and wounds. Also, cutting major branches is highly inadvisable. Hurting the main structure of the tree can irreversibly damage the tree in a way that affects any further growth of the tree. Cutting off too much from the tree can also severely stunt the growth of your tree and make it easier for diseases and insects to take hold. Make sure to only trim what is dead, in the way of the tree’s growth, or invading another structure’s space. Other ways to prune your tree, such as crown thinning, reduction, and raising, are a bit more complicated than just removing dead and small branches. If you want to learn more about the details involved in pruning, you should either hire a professional or look for some in depth tree pruning tips online.
The most important part about trimming trees is being safe. Some injuries are more permanent than others, and having a perfectly healthy and pruned tree is not worth getting hurt. The risky combination of sharp cutting tools needed to prune trees and elevated working conditions make the chance of injury much higher. It’s very important that when you are trimming trees, you never use a ladder. They are much too insecure and wobbly to use when you’re cutting off large branches from a tree and can easily become unbalanced, causing you to fall and seriously injure yourself. Using a harness and rope system by connecting yourself to the tree in at least two places is far safer than any other alternative. You should also make sure to never climb up or down a tree while carrying cutting tools in order to avoid cutting yourself or dropping them onto people below. Instead, have someone else hand them to you when you are are safely in the tree. Wearing a hardhat and safety glasses are of course crucial to tree trimming safety. Splinters, bark, branches, leaves, insects, and plenty of other debris can cumulate in the air while you’re trimming, and without safety glasses something sharp could hurt your eyes. A hardhat will protect your head from any large branches that could fall onto you while you’re working. If you feel comfortable enough using a chainsaw, wear protective gear and stay aware of the safety hazards involved.
If you are concerned about a large branch, don’t try and trim it yourself. Professionals are trained specifically to trim your trees in a way that is safe for both you and your trees, and you should always ask for help if you are unsure what to do. Unless you are confident in your abilities and you’ve done plenty of research, it’s probably best if you put your trust in a professional to trim your trees for you.
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