Tree & Shrub Trimming

Hometown Tree Care uses trimming methods such as Drop Crotch Pruning, Cosmetic, and Hygienic to improve the natural shape of the trees. Dead, diseased, and broken wood can be removed at any time of year.

However, for general trimming the best time is in late winter or early spring just before growth begins. Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of (or cause damage to) a tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Removing leaves reduces photosynthesis and may reduce overall growth. Understanding how a particular tree responds to pruning is essential when selecting branches for removal.

Hometown Tree Care - Tree Pruning Service

Tree Pruning of mature trees may require special equipment, training, and experience. If the tree trimming work requires climbing, the use of a chain or hand saw, or the removal of large limbs, we use safety equipment, such as a climbing saddle, lanyard and ropes is a must. Our climbing tree experts can provide a variety of services to assist in performing the job safely and reducing risk of personal injury and damage to your property.

Our tree experts also are able to determine which type of tree trimming is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees.

When Should You Trim Your Trees

Most trimming to properly remove dead, weak or diseased tree limbs can be done any time throughout the year without harming your tree. As a rule of thumb, it is always best to trim prior to the spring growth in order to allow the fastest recovery of the open cuts or wounds created by the trimming process.

How to Make Trimming Cuts

When trimming a tree, cuts should be made just outside the branch collar. The branch collar contains trunk or parent branch tissue and should not be cut, damaged or removed. If the trunk collar has grown out on a dead limb to be removed (see illustration below), make the cut just beyond the collar.
Do not cut the collar!

If a large branch is to be trimmed, you must first lighten the load a bit to make it easier to work with. In order to accomplish this safely follow these simple steps below:

First start by making an undercut about 12 to 18 inches from the branch’s point of attachment.
Next, Make a second cut from the top, directly above or a few inches farther out on the limb. By doing this correctly you safely remove the limb, leaving the 12- to 18-inch stub sticking out, which is much easier to work with.
Lastly, rRemove the stub by cutting back to the branch collar. Remember not to damage or cut the branch collar! This technique reduces the possibility of tearing the bark and damaging the tree. See illustration below.

large tree branch safe removal

Ofcourse this may look and sound easy enough but care must be taken choosing which branches are to be removed and what affect on the tree will the removal have overall.

The best way to completely be sure is to let one of our tree experts inspect your property and be sure that what you plan on removing will be beneficial to the tree.

Schedule a Free Inspection today with one of our tree experts or give us a call if you would like us to do the tree trimming for you.

To schedule a free inspection or tree trimming service, contact us or call : 215-416-2769


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