Safe, Injury-Free Tree Maintenance: Tips for DIY Work

Welcome to my blog. My name is Kerry, and I love to do DIY work around the home. While painting high ceilings and putting in garden beds seems to be easy for me, I find climbing into a tree with a saw to trim branches very scary and potentially dangerous. Luckily, over the years, I have gotten past the fear and have found ways to service my trees safely and efficiently without risking grave injury to myself. Sometimes, I admit that I have to call in the pros, but I'll help you identify when that's a necessity as well. Take a look at these posts. I hope they move, entertain and inform you.

Benefits of Trimming Your Trees


Trees are an aesthetic and functional addition to the home. They provide a shelter against strong wind; shading and even make you home look more attractive. Therefore, it is essential to take care of the trees around your home in order to continue enjoying these benefits. Tree trimming involves cutting off dead and dense branches around your trees. A professional tree lopper who understands the growth patterns of different tree species should carry out the trimming process for the following important reasons.

Tree Health

Tree trimming is essential to the health of the tree. During trimming, dead, diseased and broken tree branches are cut off to prevent the rest of the tree from being damaged. The disease causing fungi are removed so they cannot spread out to the rest of the tree. Removing excess branches also improves tree structure. During developmental tree pruning, young trees can have better structural integrity.


Tree trimming also improves the appearance of the trees. Tree loppers have a vast understanding of tree growth patterns and therefore can carry out the correct trimming procedure to get the ideal growth shape. Whether you want your trees tall with all the branches high up or with thick leafy canopies, tree trimming during various stages of growth can help you achieve the desired shape. It is an essential part of landscape maintenance.

Reducing Risk

Trees growing close to your home can also cause a lot of damage. Low hanging branches can cause abrasion on the protective coating on the roof shingles when they are blown by the wind. Weak and dead branches can break off and cause a lot of structural damage on your roof and windows. Worst of all, these diseased and damaged branches could fall and cause bodily injuries on your family or friends. High-risk trees are those growing near pedestrian walkways, driveways, power lines and buildings and buildings

Improve Visual Access

When tree canopies get too thick, they can cast permanent shadows over your windows preventing natural light from entering your home or even block visual access to the environment around your home. Trimming in this case is both a matter of personal safety and improving your view. Tree loppers will trim strategic branches around the trees to improve light penetration through the canopy so you can enjoy the warmth and light of the sun in your house. You will also feel much safer without the dense growth that could harbor wild animals.


27 April 2015