Posted on: 13 July 2017
When cutting trees in your yard, how much wood should you cut? How much is too much? Can you stop a tree from sprouting another branch that is obnoxious? Answers to all of these tree cutting questions and more follow:
Cut Only What You Need to Cut
Cutting only what you need to cut includes cutting low-hanging branches that smack you in the head and cutting branches that overhang your roof. You cut the former to avoid injury while mowing the lawn. You cut the latter to avoid infestation of insect pests and the potential for a tree branch to fall on your roof and damage it in a storm. There is no need to cut more than that unless the tree is encroaching on a neighbor's property.
Branchless Is Too Much
A tree that lacks several of its branches has been cut back too far. A tree relies on its branches to produce leaves, which collect carbon dioxide from the air and energy from the sun. Without "x" number of branches, there are not enough leaves, and the tree dies. Find a balance where you leave the tree with some branches, but not too many.
Stopping New Growth from a Fresh Cut
Trees heal their wounds just like people. They will seal off the cut part on their own. Unfortunately, they are also like starfish; they will grow fresh sprouts and limbs from the cut parts. To prevent that, you have to use arbor tape. This special kind of tape prevents new growth from fresh cuts while also helping the tree heal.
Trimming Back Small Branches from the Trunk
The best way to stop a tree from growing branches all over is to snip these things when they are barely a shoot. Every time you see a twig sprouting, lop it off. It may be frustrating and difficult to keep up, but that is what you have to do. If it gets to be too much work because you have a tree that is constantly growing and sprouting new limbs, hire a landscaper to manage this ostentatious arbor.
Your Landscaper as a Woodcutter
Landscapers have lots of experience with trimming and cutting trees. They know which trees will give you the most trouble, and how to handle and care for them. Additionally, they can recognize when a tree is dying and needs extra care to continue living a little while longer.
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