Top 5 Dangers of Performing DIY Tree Trimming Services

Tree trimming services are very important to keep trees healthy and vibrant.  When someone trims their trees, they’re able to remove dead or diseased branches, reduce heavy weight from the trees, and promote fresh and healthy grow.  However, just like anything else in life, tree trimming is only helpful when it’s done properly.  When tree trimming is done by homeowners themselves, it’s usually done improperly and can cause many more problems for the tree than not trimming it at all.  Below are a few examples of what happens when homeowners perform tree trimming the wrong way.

  1. Ugly Appearance

One of the hardest parts of properly trimming a tree is knowing where to make the cuts.  Untrained tree trimmers have no idea what cuts to make and how to make them.  Common mistakes made by homeowners include cutting too much off the top and cutting a disproportionate number of branches from one side of the tree.  These things can cause the tree to look ugly and can take a long time for the branches to grow back.

  1. Pests, Disease, & Infestation

When a homeowner trims a tree, they’re making a cut into the wood.  This is, by definition, an injury to the tree.  Fresh wounds can easily attract pests and other organisms that can cause an infection that quickly spreads throughout the tree. This infection can cause the tree to weaken or die.  Infection and infestation is very harmful to trees and eventually leads to death if gone unnoticed or improperly cared for.

  1. Weakened Trees

When improper trimming techniques are utilized, disease results—causing trees to become very weak.  A lot of times, the inner wood of the trees becomes less dense or even dies, while the parts on the outside look completely normal.  A weakened tree can be very dangerous.  While trees can go on looking normal from the outside, an undetected weakness can make the tree very vulnerable to falling.  Heavy winds, ice, or storms can cause the weakened tree to fall—costing thousands of dollars in damage, which will take us to…

  1. Property Damage

Besides the long-term effects of improper trimming, there are also some that can happen right away.  When trimming a heavy branch, the homeowner can accidentally drop the branch towards their home.  Branches are heavy and can cause a lot of damage falling from any height.  This damage can easily be avoided by using the proper trimming techniques.

  1. Personal Injury

Even more dangerous than property damage is the potential personal injury that can result from trimming a tree the wrong way.  Trimming trees is not an easy job and should not be left for a do-it-yourselfer.  Falling branches, as well as accidental injury from sharp tools (such as a chainsaw) are the most common causes of injury.  These injuries can be serious or deadly.  It is important to be very careful when using heavy and sharp tools when trimming trees.

Homeowners who are considering performing their own tree trimming should refrain due to the many risks involved and should always hire a professional tree trimming company for tree trimming services for the best results.

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