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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