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Proper Tree Pruning is Time and Money Well Spent
How To Prune a Large Limb
For homeowners and businesses alike, if there are trees on the property, they'll need pruning at some stage in their lives, sometimes routinely as a maintenance detail. Trees and people are alike in a few basic ways ( no, I'm not a tree-hugger). Consider that trees are not all alike, behave differently as youngsters than as adults, and knowing about them makes caring for them that much easier. Let me address some of the basics:
1. Very few trees need to be "thinned out" as part of routine maintenance.
2. The process called 'hat-racking' is illegal and butchers trees. Period, no exceptions.
3. There is no acceptable arborist practice called "hurricane pruning" on any tree or palm.
4. Tree can heal when the cuts are clean and made with sharp proper tools
5. Use the right tool for the right size cut e.g. use a sharp hand saw on branches over 1 inch thick, not a hand
6. Understanding good placement and establishment of young trees helps a lot with maintaining older trees.
7. When in doubt about cutting trees near utility lines, call any utility company. The companies are interested to keep their lines intact rather than have them cut accidentally.They'll get an arborist to work on the problem.
8. many municipalities have a certified arborist on staff who can guide you with tree trimming.
9. Certified arborists cost more, but the investment in well-pruned trees is worth the extra cost.
10. Trees are investments in your property and your community. They should be cared for as such !