Tree Trimming helps remove dead or broken limbs and helps keep your tree healthy. The cost of tree trimming depends on a variety of factors, but is especially dependent on whether you do it yourself or hire a professional.
If you want to keep your landscaping attractive, you should consider having your your trees trimmed.
Information on Tree Trimming Services
Because trees and shrubs can be impacted by environmental conditions like pests, diseases and climate changes, they often need care and maintenance to keep them in their healthiest condition to survive. That’s why tree owners need to have their trees trimmed on a regular basis throughout the spring and summer. While some tree owners might be enthusiasts who know how to prune and trim their trees, some might not be sure and accidentally prune their branches too much or make their shrubs too bare. That’s why tree trimming services are around to help.
However, it’s important to trim down the number of services to hire on your list to just 3 or 4. So here are some crucial factors tree owners need to know and pose to tree trimming services when narrowing down the list.
Common Questions to Ask Tree Trimming Services
Any tree trimming service should be able to provide information about their business and the job, including:
Detailed cost estimate
Time estimate for the trimming job
Tree trimming services should also be able to answer questions about their business and the their team, related to their techniques and their background. They should be able to tell a homeowner if:
They are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
They will dispose of the limbs and branches after completing the job.
They do background checks on their teams.
They will sign a contract detailing the work to be done in the estimated amount of time for the quoted amount.
Trimming Near Power Lines
If your trees and shrubs are near power lines, it might be easier and cheaper for you to call up the power company than a tree trimming Prescott service. Many power companies will not charge to come out and trim trees near the power lines, as it is safer for them to cut near the power lines than for an arborist to do it and potentially cause a power outage for the neighborhood.
Many arborists will not even trim trees that are near power lines. Check where your tree is located and if the branches are within reach of a power line. If it’s touching a power line or within a foot or two of a power line, it’s worth calling your power company and asking them what the best course of action is before calling a tree trimming service.
The Best Season for Tree Trimming
Many tree owners consider spring and summer as the best time for tree trimming. However, it doesn’t hurt to double check and ask tree trimming services about whether or not it’s the right time for trimming when you call them. They will be able to advise you and ensure your tree stays healthy and continues to grow. That’s why they’re certified and have been in the field.
How to Trim a Tree Limb
Proper pruning of large tree limbs involves three cuts:
Cut 1, Notch Cut: Cut a small notch in the bottom of the limb, 2-3 feet away from the trunk, and about a quarter of the way through. This notch will keep the bark from splitting when you make the next cut.
Cut 2, Relief Cut: Just outside the notch, make a relief cut completely through the branch. This removes the weight of the branch, so that you can make your final cut without the branch splitting and falling.
Cut 3, Final Cut: Your final cut should be right where the branch collar (that swollen bump) transitions to smooth branch bark. Follow the slant of the branch collar. If you can’t fit your saw into the crotch at the right angle, then cut it from the bottom up.