Limbing Up Trees If Necessary
One of the most important outdoor activities I save for the months of rest is cleaning my trees. I have a lot of them, and if they are not controlled, they could easily shade my entire garden. However, with selective pruning, I can enjoy the beauty of the trees while allowing enough light to filter through to my lawn and other plants. The filtering light is enough to keep my lawn lush and make my sun-loving plants happy.
This annual or semi-annual exercise is worth it. I constantly get comments from other gardeners who are surprised at how much my lawn and other plants with so many trees are cutting themselves. Limbing up your trees can be a DIY project, but I do not advise it. The older I get, the more inclined I am to hire a professional. There are some things to keep in mind when you decide to have your trees limbed up.
Which trees to prune
When examining your landscape, examine all the trees that affect the sunlight that reaches the ground. In forest areas, you do not need to cut. In areas where your plants look long, or if you are trying to grow grass, or if some shrubs simply do not bloom as they should, you need to see what you can do to bring more light to the ground. Just before the felling of trees, lameness is the best thing to do.
I like to remove as many lower limbs as possible. The more I can do the canopy, the better. Be sure to observe the aesthetic consequences of such cuts. You will be surprised to find that once the work is done, you won’t even miss these limbs and that your trees might even look more beautiful if one takes care of the uniformity when pruning.
Another point to consider when choosing which limbs to remove is where the limbs should shade certain plants. For example, I have a bed Of azaleas that grows happily under several large trees. But there are several lower branches of these trees that need to be screwed. However, I do not want to remove the branches on the west side of the tree, because they provide my azaleas with shade and protection from the harshafter afternoon sun. In this matter, a reasonable cut is best.
Hire a certified arborist
There was a time when I would approach this Limbing-Up project myself. Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that this work is best left to a professional “certified arborist”. Old trees are not easily replaced, and improper cutting could lead to their pass away. Certified arborists have the necessary training and equipment to do the job well while protecting their trees. You can find them in the directory under tree care, etc. Look for the Logo or the label “certified arborist” by name.
Stay away from Economy Tree services. Just because someone has a chainsaw and a Pickup doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. On the contrary, your interest is probably to get the job done as quickly as possible, without taking into account the long-term health of your trees. If your hired helper pulls climbing spikes to prune your trees, send them on the way. These are very harmful to trees and should only be used for the complete removal of trees.
A true certified arborist will have credentials. Ask them to see them. In any matter, you should check if you have the right insurance. Professionals pay dearly for this, and they expect to ask you.
And if there were not enough reasons to entrust the work to a professional, you should consider the consequences of falling off a ladder. No matter how much you save, it’s not worth it!