Tree Trimming Tips – When you Need to Trim your Trees

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When to Trim or Prune a Tree – Tree trimming is the key to a beautiful property, is the maintenance of its trees. During the year wind storms, ice and snow can take a toll on trees. Yearly you should take a survey of your trees, to determine how many broken, dead or damaged branch need attention. Trimming makes a tree more attractive and keeps them healthy.

Pruning also takes care of possible hazards of a dead branch falling and hurting a person or property. If you are familiar with the safety and techniques of pruning, you make want to take this on yourself. Most people work hard all week and would prefer a professional take care of this work.

Reasons for Tree Trimming

Trees are generally trimmed for appearance, safety or health of the tree.  For example:

  • Insects or disease
  • Lightening heavy branches
  • Branches blocking light
  • Dead, or decaying branches
  • Branches next to utilities or building
  • Branches blocking street signs or walkways

Appearance  – Tree trimming is a proven way to maintain the appearance of a tree.  Pruning does not necessarily make the tree symmetrical, but will main the natural growth pattern or design of the tree.

Safety – Dead or broken branches and tree limbs can be a danger of snapping and falling on your family, friends, and strangers who walk or drive past your property.  If not pruned it can be an accident waiting to happen.

Limbs – that block traffic signs or the right of way, need to be removed or cut back to allow unhindered vision.  Limbs that grow close to utility wires can cause problems such as loss of lights or cable.  The good news is, the utility provider will remove these hazards at no cost to the homeowner.

Health – It is sometimes possible to save an infected tree by strategically pruning away affected branches and limbs. Thinning the crown of a tree improves airflow, which can be very beneficial.  If branches are crossing or rubbing together, they should be trimmed so that they don’t fall unexpectedly.


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53 thoughts on “Tree Trimming Tips – When you Need to Trim your Trees

  1. Safety is important to consider when you own a tree, if a dead branch brakes off and falls on someone it could be bad. This can be seen as not taking care of your tree, and you could get blamed. If you don’t know how to trim, you can always call a company. They know the tips and tricks, they can do it without causing harm to anything you own nearby as well as not harming the tree.

    1. Tree trimming is not as easy as it seems. You are right, and expert know just how to cut, and where to cut to make sure he/she and the client’s property is safe.

  2. Nice article! Might I add that heavy trimming of your trees is best done in the fall time as to avoid pest and disease infecting exposures to the tree from trimming and pruning. Less sweating involved as well! lol

  3. Great post Treeman. I have to agree with sarah safety is very important even some of the pros mess up every now and then but practicing good safety habits will definitely keep your incident rate down. I’m a part of a forum of arborist and tree fellers and it’s always really sad when we get news of someone getting seriously injured or killed while trimming. Anyway thanks again great post. Safe Trimming!!

  4. A common mistake is to remove too much inner foliage and small branches. It is important to maintain an even distribution of foliage along large limbs and in the lower portion of the crown. Overthinning reduces the tree’s sugar production capacity and can create tip-heavy limbs that are prone to failure. BTW, very nice content here. Good tips.


  5. It’s interesting to read about some of the reasons for tree trimming. It makes sense that looks are a big reason for trimming them but I didn’t realize it could actually be beneficial to the surrounding area. It’s something to keep in mind because the limbs on my trees are rather large and trimming them could be a good way to improve visibility.

  6. I didn’t realize that you can save a sick tree with trimming it. I have noticed a few of the trees in my backyard aren’t doing too well. I wonder if getting a professional to come trim the trees would help them last longer.

  7. I saw your link to the ISA site but didn’t see it mentioned in the post. Be sure to hire an ISA certified arborist. You can have some assurance that they know what they are doing and won’t harm your tree or property. Often they can even just consult with you. That’s my recommendation.

  8. I appreciate you mentioning that you need to trim dead and broken branches so they aren’t in danger of falling on people. I didn’t realize they could be so dangerous. I have a lot of trees in my yard, and I never get around to trimming them. I will have to make sure I am better about it in the future.

    1. Yes, Burt, dead branches are extremely dangerous. For the property owners, it can lead to someone being hurt or worse, killed.

  9. I like how pruning doesn’t focus on symmetry, but on the tree’s health. Some of the trees in our yard have started to show signs of drying and sickness. I definitely think that we should have them trimmed in order to help to improve their health and our home’s overall curb appeal.

  10. There are a few trees in my backyard that are starting to grow out of hand. The limps are getting pretty close to the power lines, so like you suggest I am going to trim them back a few feet. Last thing I want is for the branches to hit the lines and start a fire. Thanks for the advice.

  11. I thought it was interesting that you talked about trimming trees so branches don’t block traffic signs or the road. My house has a blind driveway with a big oak in front of it, and I hadn’t considered that the tree might need trimming to help drivers see the driveway. It’s good to know that trimming my trees can keep them healthy and keep other people safer too.

  12. Thanks for going over some tree trimming tips! I actually had no idea that trimming the crown of a tree could actually improve it’s airflow. My wife has been thinking of adding a tree to our yard, so these tips may be useful in the future.

  13. I’m so glad you mentioned that limbs that are too close to electrical cables can cause lights to go out. The lights in my kitchen have been flickering and I couldn’t figure out why until I realized that some branches from my oak tree are in the way. I should probably call a tree lopping service to take them down before they cause a serious problem.

  14. I appreciate how you brought trimming your trees when dealing with branches blocking street signs or walkways. Lately, I’ve been concerned about the branches in my yard starting to block a stop sign next to my home, and I don’t want to get in trouble over that. Perhaps I should look into hiring tree trimming services to take care of my tree.

  15. I like that you mentioned that a utility provider will remove branches that are close to utility wires for free! My parents have a rather large and old tree in their backyard that’s been there since I was a kid. Now, it’s growing near the utility wires behind the yard. I’ll be sure to let them know that their utility provider can take care of that without them having to pay!

  16. My husband is planning on hiring tree trimming services after winter, in order to beautify our property while keeping our trees healthy. Thinning our tree’s crown will improve airflow to our property which is beneficial. However, I didn’t know that tree trimming can also save an infected tree! Thanks for such information.

  17. I like how you talked about how the branches would block light. There are some trees that are blocking precious sunlight to our home and it always makes the winters colder. I’ll have to remember to hire someone so that my trees get trimmed.

  18. My wife and I can’t see all that well out of our window anymore because a tree is blocking our view I liked that you had mentioned that trimming can help maintain the appearance you’re going for. We’ll have to start looking for a tree service company that can help us out and we’ll be making sure we can avoid the view blocking.

  19. I am glad you mentioned that dead or decaying branches are a sign that you need to service your tree. My mom recently had to lop and prune her old oak tree in her backyard. Thank you for the tips on tree trimming.

  20. I’m sure it’s time for me to trim my trees again, especially with the weather warming up. I have noticed some dead branches that might even look diseased. It’s good to know that infected trees can be saved by pruning away affected branches. I’ll have to try this.

  21. I like how you listed the reasons for tree trimming. It’s good to know what I should look out for. My wife and I have a few trees in our backyard and we’ve been wondering when is the right time to trim them and how to properly manage them. We’ll probably have to get in touch with a local tree service that can help us with it.

  22. I thought it was interesting that you mentioned that it should be taken care of if it is blocking any light or signs. I used to live in this neighborhood that had a lot of problems with this, but I didn’t know it was something that a utility provider would take care of it. If I see something like that again, I’ll be sure to contact someone so that it doesn’t continue to be a hazard.

  23. There is a tree in front of our house that has never been trimmed or maintained before. And I think that it has grown to a point where it can damage a property or injure a person who might be passing by. So I agree that it is important to prune it or call a tree service company to prevent dead or broken branches from falling on anyone. Thanks!

  24. From my point of view, I would not know the first thing about trimming trees. I think it is an extra smart idea to clean shears before trimming. When working on multiple trees I imagine that you could accidentally spread something that might not be the best for a tree. Finding trimming service with employees that are aware of details like cleaning sheers would be wise.

  25. We have a lot of trees lining the street that we live on. I have been noticing that some of them are starting to block certain signs. It’s good to know that tree services can take care of this safely and that our street can be more secure again.

  26. I like how you said that you should trim your tree so that when it is dead or dying. I also like how you said that if the branches are really heavy, it’s a good reason to cut them a bit. My husband and I are looking into tree trimming; thanks for the post.

  27. From my point of view, I would not know the first thing about trimming trees. I think it is an extra smart idea to clean shears before trimming. When working on multiple trees I imagine that you could accidentally spread something that might not be the best for a tree. Finding Tree Company Johns Creek with employees that are aware of details like cleaning sheers would be wise.

  28. I want to improve the landscaping around my home this summer. So, I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart for me to consider removing broken or dead branches from the trees in my yard. I am not sure how to tell if a branch is dead, so it might be best for me to hire a landscaper to do that for me.

  29. You’ve got some great tree trimming tips. I love how you said that it’s actually safe to prune trees because then branches won’t fall on people. We’ve got two large trees with a ton of branches, so we’ll have to hire a pro to come help us with this.

  30. You made a great point when you said that broken branches and tree limbs can put surrounding areas in danger. That’s why it’s a great idea to remove entire trees that present safety hazards. My friend’s yard has some dead trees, so I’ll suggest he find a removal service that can take care of the job in no time.

  31. It’s good to know that limbs that block traffic signs need to be cut back. My brother has a tree in his front yard that’s grown over the stop sign on the corner, and several accidents have resulted from the sign not being visible. I’ll pass this information along to my brother so that he can get his tree trimmed and prevent any more accidents from happening.

  32. I liked that you said that one reason to have professional tree trimming done is to promote safety. I would imagine that the old tree branches falling would be dangerous. I would be sure to hire a professional to trim my trees in order to protect my family.

  33. Thank you for pointing out that dead or broken branches can be a danger of snapping and falling. I’ve been thinking about getting the trees in my yard professionally trimmed. It’s good to know that if trees aren’t appropriately pruned when damaged, they can be dangerous.

  34. It’s interesting to know that tree pruning prevents possible hazards of dead branches falling and hurting a person or your property. My husband is thinking about prune a tree outside our house to prevent any accidents before it happens. I will contact a tree trimming company to help me with our problem.

  35. It never occurred to me that taking a survey of trees on a yearly basis is a good way to maintain the health of trees. I have a few trees in my yard that have a lot of dead branches on them. I should probably contact a tree service company to come and cut off those dead branches for me.

  36. My brother told me that the tree of my mom’s backyard is blocking the light. It’s nice that you mentioned a tree trimming service will be perfect for that situation. I will call a professional to help my mom with that problem as soon as possible.

  37. That’s good to know that tree trimming can remove disease and insects. In the neighborhood, some trees have been dying because of a bug. I’ll have to look into tree trimming and tree removal services.

  38. My dad told me that one of his tree’s branches is about to hit a window. I like how you explain that a broken branch can cause an accident if it falls. I will suggest to him to contact a trimming company so that they can take care of that issue.

  39. It’s great that you talked about how snow will eventually brake the branches, causing, major damage to its surroundings. There is a dead tree between my neighbor’s house and my garage that is dying, and we want to remove it. We will be sure to contact a tree removal service in our area before the tree falls in one of the properties.

  40. Wow, I never knew that tree trimming can help you maintain the appearance of the tree in its natural form. My sister told me that she is helping our mom look for a tree lopper because some of the bushes and other plants in her yard are growing out of control and getting tangled with some of the cables that run over the house. If I were them I would make sure that the service I hire is insured and has experienced so I can have peace of mind that they will perform the job correctly.

  41. It’s interesting that you mention that you can make your trees more attractive by having them trimmed. I want to improve the appearance of my yard, so I’m thinking about hiring a professional to trim my trees for me. I’m going to look for a good provider of tree trimming services in my area to use.

  42. It’s great that pruning gets rid of the possibility of falling branches. My sister wants to make sure that her house is safe from tree damage in the coming months. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for tree trimming professionals who can help her with this.

  43. I liked what you said about how limbs can be removed when they are a hazard to signs or wires and if they are unhealthy to the tree it can be easily fixed to prevent radon falls. My cousin has been thinking about getting rid of her trees that are right over the roof because they have been causing a lot of damage and getting them removed or trimmed by a professional could be really useful

  44. Thanks for your tips about how damage to a tree or branches that are blocking areas should be removed so that it can be a lot safer and nothing will ruin the garden. I have been thinking about getting rid of my aspen trees in the front because it is damaged and I want to make sure that it can be a lot safer. Getting it removed from a professional could be really useful and allow me to plant something better in its place.

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