How to know when to trim a tree
If you see any broken or splintering branches, you need to trim the tree as soon as possible.
It is always a good idea to remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches.
A dead branch is easy to spot as it is leafless as compared to a healthy branch. If you see large areas of smooth wood in an old branch, it's a warning sign. At the same time, shelf fungus and wood conchs infecting a section of wood also point to a major problem.
Branches over power lines
If the branches are growing close or on top of power lines, it's time to trim.
Too much growth
If a tree is growing too quickly, it is good to trim it to keep it healthy.
To encourage fruit growth
If you have fruit trees, removing the dead limbs helps encourage the fruit to grow in plenty.
Best time to trim a tree
However, there are also some species that you can trim in summer:
Best tools for trimming trees
Pruners are designed to smoothly cut shrubs, flowers, vines, and small growth on trees. Shears are also helpful in cutting flowers and fruits from plants. These hand-held devices resemble large scissors with their short handles and set of blades. They can cut branches and twigs up to 3/4 of an inch thick. The two most popular types of pruning shears are bypass shears and anvil shears. These pruning shears use the cutting motion to slice the branch from the tree.
A pruning saw is the best tool for cutting large branches. It can cut branches from 1 ½ to 5 inches in diameter. All pruning saws have a metal blade with sharp cutting teeth machined into them.
They are two-handed tools that are used for medium-size branches and stems. They help prune fruit trees, nut trees, and vines.
These tools are useful to trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees to maintain the desired shape of your plants. They can cut branches up to 2 1/4 inches thick.
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