Like many other areas of home or property maintenance, tree care is a process where both homeowners and professionals may play a role. One area where both these parties might regularly perform tasks: Basic tree trimming, which is important for everything from the health of the trees themselves to their impact on surrounding structures and several other factors.
At Green Pointe Tree Care, we’re happy to help with numerous services for our clients, including a wide range of yard horticulture solutions that feature numerous basic tasks your trees or other parts of your yard may require. We’re here to assist with everything from basic garden design to planting and long-term maintenance of your plant life, including tree trimming where necessary. However, we also realize that many of our clients perform their own basic trimming on a regular basis — if you’re among these individuals, what are some valuable trimming tools to have on-hand? Here are the three most common.
Likely the single most important tool for a homeowner who regularly prunes their trees is a quality set of pruning shears. Pruning shears are extremely versatile, able to be used for nearly any branch that may need pruning, whether it’s a very small limb or something that needs to be cut back considerably.
One thing to keep in mind is the different types of branches you might need to cut back — some require thicker blades than others. If you’re planning on doing significant work with your shears, it’s important to make sure you buy shears that are adequate for the types of branches you regularly work with.
For trees that have larger branches you’ll regularly be looking to trim or cut, the use of lopping shears, or “loppers,” is important. While pruning shears are meant for smaller branches, lopping shears are intended for use with thicker or more sturdy branches.
Like their smaller cousin, the pruning shear, it’s vital to make sure you have the proper tool — if you try to work with a lopper on small areas of your tree, not only will it be difficult to make the cut, you also risk damaging the shears.
Finally, for branches that are in tough-to-reach locations, a pole pruner may be the best tool for the job. Many people use a pole pruner with an angled attachment that makes cutting branches that are above head-height simply and easy, and it’s also perfect for those pesky limbs that end up hanging down into your path. Pole pruners are especially useful for dead branches you want to remove or for branches that are dead or dying, as this type of pruner won’t damage the branch once you’ve cut it — or vice versa.
For more on the basic tree trimming tools you should have on-hand if you perform this process often, or to learn about any of our arborist or tree spraying services, speak to the staff at Green Pointe Tree Care today.