Discover the Biggest Tree Cutting & Trimming Mistakes

As the leading providers of tree cutting services in Dallas, we know that spring is the perfect time to get out and cut and trim your trees.  And as tempting as it might be to do it on your own, you might want to hold off on that.  Often times, we just hire the little kid down the street who is handy with the clippers or chainsaw.  Hey, who doesn’t like to save a few bucks?  The problem is, cheap isn’t the way to go when it comes to tree trimming and pruning.  Unfortunately, you could be permanently damaging your trees and leaving them susceptible to storm damage, disease, and ultimately death.

Again, as the leading providers of tree cutting services in Dallas, we want nothing more than to see the job done right.  Today, we’re going to show you the biggest tree cutting and trimming mistakes made by homeowners.

  1. Topping

This is perhaps the most obvious (and ugliest) mistake when it comes to tree cutting and pruning.  It happens a lot with crape myrtles and other trees that are too large for the area they were planted.  People think that trimming a lot off will make the tree will bloom a lot more—big mistake!  Topping too much will leave you with a very ugly and deformed tree with a severely weakened branch structure.

  1. Bad Timing

As the leading provider of tree cutting services in Dallas-Fort Worth, we know there are good and bad times to trim and prune a tree, and it all depends on the species and condition of your tree.  Here in Dallas, for example, oak trees should not be pruned between February and June due to the spread of oak disease.  If your trees are already stressed, you should never prune them.  If you are unsure, you should have your trees inspected by a certified arborist before you let the kid down the street prune (and potentially kill) your trees.  Pruning west-facing branches in the summer isn’t recommended because you’re leaving your tree exposed to the sun, which can cause sun scald.

  1. Improper Cutting

Another common tree cutting and trimming mistake is removing branches or cutting them too close to the main trunk.  By doing so, you’re removing the branch collar, an area of tissue with specially designed cells to help heal wounds.  When you cut a branch off flush to the trunk, you’re opening a wound and allowing pests and disease to infect your tree.  If you make cuts in the wrong order, you can end up with a large branch falling or tearing and potentially causing property damage or bodily injury.

  1. Over Pruning & Trimming

You should never prune more than 15% to 20% of your tree’s foliage.  In fact, 5% to 10% is usually recommended.  When you remove too much of the canopy, you’ll leave your tree unable to produce enough food and nutrients for itself.  People often over trim because they think the tree is going to come back stronger, but that’s not the way a tree works.  This is why you should leave tree cutting services to the professionals, like ours here at Chippers Tree Service.

With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to book your tree services to ensure everything is done properly and promotes the health of your trees.  If you are looking for tree services in Dallas, contact Chippers Tree Service today by calling 972-743-9959 and getting a FREE estimate!

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What Kills Trees? How Do You Protect Trees from Harm?

In our many years providing professional tree services in Fort Worth, Texas, we know how beneficial trees are to our lives.  Trees that grow around our homes and communities provide us with endless benefits.  But like many things in life, they also face many threats, not only from the environment but from people as well.  If you want your trees to live a healthy life, you must properly care for them to ensure you reap their benefits for years to come.

After many years of providing professional tree services in Fort Worth, we’ve seen tree trimming and pruning practices that are incorrectly done.  These practices lead to stress on the trees and eventually cause them to die.  Some of these practices include picking the wrong tree species for the location, improperly planting trees, improperly mulching trees, incorrect trimming and pruning trees, or causing mechanical injuries to the trees.  There are so many things that can go wrong that can weaken a tree and cause it to die.

Our Fort Worth tree services help homeowners properly care for their trees.  However, there are homeowners who like to do it themselves, which is okay, as long as they follow the proper steps and techniques to ensure the health of their trees.  The following blog will show you how to properly care for your trees so they live healthy life for years to come.  Your trees have so much to offer you, so please do not kill them.

Ways to Kill a Tree

1. Planting a tree in a space that’s not adequate for its species or planting it near obstructions.

The Right Approach:

Make sure that you plant the correct species of tree in the appropriate location.  Your tree will grow, so the space needs to match your tree’s potential max size.  A tree’s branches need space to grow up and out, and its roots also need space to properly grow the trunk.

2. Planting it in a small hole or leaving the burlap or container around the root.

The Right Approach:

Make sure you dig a hole that is at least two to five times bigger than the root and never deeper than the rootball itself.  Remove the container and burlap as soon as you can without causing the rootball to fall apart.  Backfill and lightly tamp the soil.  Add a lot of mulch but never fertilizer.

3. Placing too much mulch against the tree trunk.

The Right Approach:

You must place a ring of mulch that is at least three to five feet in diameter, but it has to be three inches away from the trunk.  Do not place mulch too close to the trunk.

4. Leaving stakes and guying materials attached to the trunk until they grow into the plant itself.

The Right Approach:

Only use stakes if your tree is in a high wind area.  Use soft materials around the trunk to prevent the materials from damaging it.  The guying should be slightly loose so it does not damage the trunk, and you should remove the stakes and guying materials after a year.

5. Hitting your tree with a lawnmower or weed whacker and damaging its bark.

The Right Approach:

Never use your tree as a bumper for your lawnmower.  Instead, stop a safe distance before your tree.  Your lawnmower or weed whacker can scrape away precious bark and cause injury to your tree’s live tissue.

6. Improperly trimming and pruning trees or removing too many twigs and leaves.

The Right Approach:

Never top a tree or remove more than a quarter of its twigs because it will die.  Remember to prune branches in a lateral way, following the simple 3-cut method.

  1. Undercut
  2. Remove the branch
  3. Remove the stub at the branch collar

7. Over watering or under watering can cause your tree to die.  If you saturate the soil too much or let it dry out, your tree will die.

The Right Approach:

You must water your tree for its specific water needs.  Make sure that you’re familiar with how much water your tree needs to grow.  Too much or too little will kill its roots.  A young tree usually require ten gallons of water/week, so make sure you’re providing what it needs.

Now that you know what can kill your tree, we hope you take the steps necessary to keep your tree alive and healthy.  If you want to plant a tree on your property, or need help properly maintaining your existing trees, contact us today.  Chippers Tree Services provides the leading professional tree services in Dallas-Fort Worth.  From tree trimming and pruning to tree removal and stump grinding services, we do it all!

Call 972-743-9959 to get a FREE estimate.  Let Chippers Tree Service provide you the professional tree services you need!

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