4 Common Tree Pruning Mistakes Homeowners Make All the Time

Tree pruning should be done by a professional for the beauty and health of your trees.

Well-groomed trees make for quite the stately presence in your yard. More than signifying your attention to detail and beauty, they also show that you care deeply about prolonging their overall health and lifespan. Hiring a tree service professional to handle things like tree pruning and tree trimming is a safe and obvious choice for many homeowners. But we also aren’t surprised when homeowners take such matters into their own hands. Sure, they also want their trees to look good. But they also want to save time and money.

While it’s tempting to tackle your tree’s needs on your own, your friends at Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton strongly advise against the DIY tree pruning approach. More often than not, it leads to quite a few mistakes when pruning your trees.

Believe it or not, there is actually a science to proper tree trimming and pruning to keep them looking great and avoid a shortened lifespan. This includes knowing which limbs to cut, how and where to cut them, and what time of year is best for pruning. 

Here are four mistakes homeowners and amateur tree trimmers make when pruning their trees:

Are You Making These Tree Pruning Mistakes?

  1. Pruning during the wrong time of the year — Yes, there’s a correct and incorrect time of the year for tree pruning. The best time of year to prune your trees is between June 1 and Valentine’s Day. Anything before or after that window is in the middle of growing season and can negatively impact the tree’s growth while at the same time making it vulnerable to excessive temperature shifts and bug infestation as you make cuts. To be effective, tree pruning should be done regularly during non-growing seasons.
  2. Using dull tools or the wrong equipment — Quality and effective tree pruning requires more than a pole saw, dull chainsaw, and a ladder. Pruning or trimming your trees with these items will take you much longer. Plus, you’ll likely make awkward or inappropriate cuts that can shorten your tree’s lifespan and growth. 
  3. Ignoring safety measures — Even pruning one or two branches puts you and others at risk for injury or causing additional damage to your trees and property. Tree pruning requires using gloves to protect your hands, hard hats and protective eyewear, non-slip boots, professional tree harnesses, ropes, carabiners, etc., and cut-resistant arm and leg protection. 
  4. Getting carried away with excessive cuts — On a basic level, tree trimming and tree pruning in Denton include removing dead, diseased, hanging, or weak branches. While this sounds easy, it’s actually a science and requires you to know which limbs to cut and how and where to cut them. More often than not, homeowners mistakenly cut off more than what they should and cause over-pruning. This can quickly create an uneven look for the overall tree and possibly damage the tree permanently if you’re not careful. 

Hire Clean Edge Tree Service for All Your Tree Pruning Needs!

Whether you need us to prune an existing tree or remove one that has died or become too dangerous, Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton, TX, are experts in quality, efficient, and safe professional tree services. Our professionals always show up to each job site with the right equipment and machines. More than just being a tree cutter and mindlessly hacking off a few tree limbs here and there with a chainsaw and hoping for the best, every cut we make has a purpose. 

We can utilize our CMC 83 Arbor Lift, chipper, or stump grinder to breeze through projects some tree removal companies simply can’t or don’t want to handle. Our Arbor Lift, in particular, is specifically designed for arborists and allows us to tackle any project. But even if the lift isn’t appropriate for your tree service needs, that’s OK because we are pros at tree climbing.

Just a few benefits of calling us today include:

  • Work directly with the owner on every tree job
  • Responsiveness and fast scheduling
  • We can handle any size tree
  • Full-scope tree service and removal (no job is too big or too small)
  • We leave your property cleaner than we found it

Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal Today!

We know you have options when it comes to your tree service and removal needs. Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton, TX, is family-owned and operated and has served Denton and surrounding areas since 2016. More importantly, we have the equipment, experience, and technical know-how to safely and efficiently handle any tree and residential or commercial scenario — from a downed tree in the middle of a storm to trimming a few branches, stump grinding, and removing trees that tower 83 feet in the air.

There isn’t a tree in Denton that we can’t handle. Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal today!

Tree pruning should be done correctly for the health and beauty of your tree landscape.