If you have several trees on your property, they need to be maintained. Trees need to be trimmed from time to time for several reasons. For one, trimming the tree helps them to grow healthier. Cutting away damaged or dead branches will allow the living branches to flourish. It will also encourage trees to set new leaves and flowers. Furthermore, unwieldy trees can be a danger to yourself, your family, and your property. Trees that are too large are more top heavy and thus, more prone to falling during strong winds. Dead branches also fall off more easily, which can damage anything or anybody below them. Keeping them trimmed is of the utmost importance. You might be put off by the prices of some tree trimming services and decide to do the work yourself. Here’s what you’ll need to do your own tree trimming.
The Cutting Tools
The cutting implements are obviously very important for a good tree trimming job. So, first, assess your trees. If you have mostly bushes and small trees, you might just need hedge clippers. Powered hedge clippers can speed up the process. These will cut leaves and very small branches; they’re mostly used for trimming bushes. If you have trees with substantial branches, you’ll need a chainsaw.
Chainsaws are grouped by the length of the bar and the power of the engine. Don’t pick one that is larger than you can easily carry for hours. Also, don’t pick one more powerful than you need. A moderate-sized chainsaw with a moderate amount of power should suffice for most tree trimming jobs.
Then, you need to consider how to cut the higher branches. You have two basic options: you can climb a ladder to use your chainsaw or you can use a pole saw. A pole saw is, as the name indicates, a chainsaw on the end of a long pole. They’re typically smaller and less powerful than chainsaws so that you can handle the weight at long lengths. They’re controlled by controls at the base of the handle. Since they’re less powerful than chainsaws, they’re often more affordable.
Once you’ve gotten your chainsaw and possibly a pole saw, you need to figure out how to get rid of the branches that you cut down. If you have a fireplace, wood burning stove, or a barbecue smoker, you can use hardwood for those. Cut down the branches and stack them somewhere to dry out. Otherwise, you’ll need to rent a wood chipper or hire a disposal company to take them away.
If you’re fortunate, your municipality might carry away yard waste for you.