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Avoid These Common Problems When Trimming Trees

Trimming trees allows them to focus on their healthy areas, and it makes them look more attractive and balanced. In addition, removing inner branches can help increase airflow and sunlight, two things that can encourage development. Before you start trimming, keep in mind that this can also lead to negative consequences. It’s important to trim your trees the right way, and professional tree services are best equipped to do this.


Topping involves the drastic removal of branches, and it typically happens when trees have grown too tall or wide for their location. Unfortunately, it can severely damage a tree. The remaining limbs will be exposed to more sunshine than they’re accustomed to, and it could scald them, leaving them vulnerable to insects and fungi. Further, topping can result in decreased food production since so many leaves will have been removed. The tree might be stressed because of this, and it might not thrive. Another point has to do with the small sprouts that grow after branches have been removed. These small sprouts can grow densely, causing issues with balance and aesthetics, and because they’re not securely attached, they may be more likely to fall off.

Trimming Too Deeply

The bulbous area where a branch extends out from the tree is called the branch collar. It contains a lot of resources that support the tree and its branch. If you trim a branch outside the branch collar, the resources in the branch collar will activate and help the tree recover and protect itself from further injury. If you cut off the branch collar, the tree can lose its natural defenses and become more susceptible to decay and disease.

Trimming With the Wrong Tools

Using dull tools can be dangerous and damaging for trees. Instead of making clean cuts with a sharp saw or trimmers, you’ll make jagged cuts if you use dull tools. These jagged cuts can cause unnecessary stress on trees and make it harder for them to bounce back after trimming.

Trimming at the Wrong Time

Trees do better when you trim them at the right times. For example, it’s often recommended to trim oaks and elms after their leaves have dropped. This gives you a clear view of what you’re doing without foliage getting in the way. If you prune in the growing season instead, you may be putting your trees at risk for diseases and pest infestation since the warmer months are when fungi and insects typically flourish.

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Trimming at the right time with the right tools and in the right places can give your trees a chance to develop in a healthy manner. Call us at Lafayette Huesca Tree Services to schedule tree trimming services in Lafayette, IN and the surrounding area.

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