We love trees just as much as you do. But sometimes, our favourite source of oxygen can get in the way of our house and get out of control. What happens then? We have to sometimes take matters into our own hands.
The first step to succeeding in tree maintenance starts with understanding the basics behind it. Here are some of the reasons many people fail in this area.
1. Lack of knowledge – The person has little to no idea of how it should be done.
2. Lack of discipline – A gardener knows precisely what and how things should be done but doesn’t put in any effort.
3. The inability to get the right equipment/tools – This is where the person is knowledgeable of what should be done but lacks the necessary materials and supplies required for tree maintenance.
This article discussed a few tips and tricks to help you master and succeed in tree maintenance. It can take a lot of time and effort to fix up any mistakes, because trees and leaves take time to grow back.
The tips and ideas outlined below should help you identify any mistakes you might be making, and give you possible solutions for the same.
Like anything in life, you need a good plan before you get started. If you don’t have a plan before cutting down a branch or a tree, you run the risk of seriously harming yourself. That’s not ideal for anyone.
For the team at Cheaper Trees, they never begin a job without knowing exactly how they’ll take down a tree. “Winging it is simply not an option when dealing with trees. It’s almost a bit like an artwork. Certain things have to happen at certain times, and it’s the same with taking off branches.”
Once you’ve worked out your plan of attack, you’ll need to consider what types of equipment will work best for the job. It may sound silly, but laying out the tools in order of when you’ll be using them is an easy way to remember.
Doing the job properly means that you’ll be limiting the chances of disease growth and pest infestation.
First thing’s first: locate the branch collar. The branch collar is basically the part of the tree where the branch breaks off from the trunk. It tends to be a thicker bit of bark.
From there, you always want to make sure you’re cutting the tree branches at a downward angle.
The experts at Wayne’s Landscaping emphasise the importance of cutting at a downward angle. “By using this cutting technique, it prevents water from getting into the wounds of the tree, which is something that can lead to rotting. It also is an easy way to prevent branches from growing upwards, and that’s just an extra hassle to deal with that nobody ideally wants.”
Most of these tips will come across as relatively straightforward, but you cannot underestimate the importance of them. Especially when it comes to ensuring there isn’t anything that isn’t on the tree that could cause harm.
Whether you’re on a roof, operating near a power line or working in basic gear, you need to minimise all risks as much as you can.
Richard Gabriel, a roofing expert who’s had to remove many falling tree branches from roofs, stresses that you simply cannot take things for granted. “Even when working on a roof, it takes one tile to slip out and cause serious injury. Working with trees means that there’s potential for eye pokes or something as ludicrous as being electrocuted. All precautions must be taken.”