2 Reasons To Have A Professional Trim Your Tree's Branches Instead Of Doing It Yourself

After looking at a tree in your yard, you may have decided that you wish to even out its shape by trimming back a few branches. Since you have an idea of how you want it to look and feel that it should not be too hard to cut a few branches, you may be thinking about just going ahead and doing it yourself.

However, you may want to reconsider trimming the tree yourself, especially if you have little to no experience doing so. There are a couple of reasons why you should hire a professional service to do it for you instead.

1.  Cutting Branches at the Wrong Time of Year Could Affect the Tree's Growth 

One reason why you should reconsider cutting off the branches of your tree, and instead, having a service do it for you is that doing the job at the wrong time could severely affect the tree's growth. Each type and species of tree has an optimal time of year in which it should be trimmed and a time when it needs to be left alone.

If you start cutting branches on a tree in early spring, for example, you will end up stunting its growth for that year. Since the tree is putting its energy toward coming back to life after the winter months, cutting it at this time and redirecting that energy toward healing itself will diminish its growth.

A professional will have the experience and knowledge to know when a certain type of tree can be cut without affecting its growth.

2.  Making Cuts Incorrectly at the Wrong Places Could Severely Damage the Tree

Another reason why you should leave the trimming of your tree to professionals is that the cuts must be made at specific locations and angles. If you cut a tree's branch at the wrong place and leave the wood fully exposed to precipitation, the water will enter the wood and cause it to rot.

Once it starts rotting and deteriorating the wood, insects could then make it their home, causing further destruction to the tree. Someone with experience will know how to lessen this risk.

When it comes to cutting branches off of your tree, if you do so at the wrong time of year, you could severely impact its growth. You also run the risk of causing serious damage if you cut off the branches incorrectly and leave the wood exposed to moisture and vulnerable to insect infestation. Instead of attempting to do the job yourself and running the risk of damaging or even killing your tree, contact a service in your area that offers tree trimming services to discuss your options for having them do it for you.