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Trying to Prune Your Trees? Three Common Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

The way you landscape your lawn can make or break its appearance. Having an attractively groomed front or back yard can not only make it more enjoyable to spend time in your outdoor space, it can also help elevate your home’s property value. However, failure to stay on top of its upkeep can lead to serious disappointment and even a dramatically reduced curb appeal. As a DIYer, you’re probably no stranger to tackling your yardwork yourself. That said, before you begin, it’s important to be mindful of these three mistakes that many beginners make when it comes to pruning their trees. By avoiding them, you can have a beautifully groomed yard without the stress or needless expense of hiring costly landscapers!

You Took a Little Too Much Off the Top

Trees are living organisms, and because of that, many people think that they can be haphazard in their trimming. After all, if you cut off too much hair from your head, it’ll grow back. Isn’t that the same with your trees? This couldn’t be further from the truth. This practice, known as “topping”, can destroy your tree. The fact is, if you trim too much off the tree, it’ll lose much of its essential foliage. Its leaves are vital to help ensure the tree is able to photosynthesize sunlight for food, and by topping your tree, you’re all but guaranteeing that you’re putting your tree at risk of dying.

You Were Too Careless in Your Trimming

Again, we can’t stress this enough: carelessness can spell death for your trees. Just like topping can permanently harm your tree, so can excessive pruning. Your trees still need enough leaves to help it make food. To avoid accidentally killing your tree when pruning, try to avoid trimming any branches that are larger than 4” in dimeter. Furthermore, be cautious when trimming them to avoid cutting off too many branches from it.

You Chose the Wrong Time of Year to Trim

Finally, when it comes to trimming your tree, there’s a good time to do it and there’s also a bad time. Certain trees should be trimmed only during spring months (including oak and maple). Others can be trimmed during the winter months (such as evergreen trees like spruce or fir). You’ll definitely want to avoid trimming your oaks in the spring and summer, as it can lead to oak wilt disease, a serious fungal infection that can kill your oak tree.

Pruning your trees by yourself is an incredibly smart and cost-effective way to help improve the appearance of your yard. We have the pruning tools that you need to help you complete this task in a safe and efficient manner, allowing you to make most out of your outdoor living space.

If you have any questions about pruning the trees in your yard, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at American Tree Service Supply for more information or helpful tips!