Overgrown trees in your compound make it look dirty, can be a hiding place for pest which spread diseases to your family and also in the case of fire, it will spread very fast. It is therefore very important to keep your trees, shrubs, and fence trimmed to the right heights.
Importance of tree trimming
Proper trimming helps give a tree a good shape and appearance. It is, however, important to avoid forcing a certain shape on a tree. Follow the original natural shape of the tree during trimming for the best results, and required beauty.
Old trees might have dead and broken branches which can fall anytime, hurting people or even animals. Some trees grow very many branches to a point obstructing one when driving. It is at this point when trees impose danger to human life that they should be trimmed to ensure that no one gets hurt.
Sometimes dangerous insects and parasites hide in tree branches. Trimming down the branches improves air flow and destroys the habitat hence eliminating the disease spreading insects. This helps keep people staying near the trees healthy and free from diseases.
Tree trimming tips
Be careful on the size of branches you want to remove. If its diameter is less than five centimeters, then you can go ahead and remove it. If the diameter is between five and ten centimeters, then it is not a good idea. For diameters more than ten centimeters, trim with very god reasons.
Trim only weak, narrow, V- shaped branches; these are because such branches give the tree a bad shape and even pause dangers to people. Do not cut strong and U- shaped branches.
Avoid trimming branches very close or way too long, do not leave stubs or completely remove the branch collars. The long stubs might knock and hurt somebody.
Identify the branch collar before making any cut; this part grows from the bottom part of the stem. Identify the branch ridge, which is on the upper part and parallel to branch angle.Make your cuts on the outside part of bark ridge and away from the stem. Be keen not to hurt branch collars.
If the stem is very long, use three cutting technique. The first step is to make a notch on the part of the stem facing away from the stem, make these second cut inside the crotch above the ridge of the stem and lastly remove the stub by cutting through the stem parallel branch bark.