Late winter is a great time to think about tree trimming. All trees, large or small, can benefit from proper trimming. There are three major reasons to prune trees: for safety, for health, and for aesthetics.
Whether you hire an arborist or do your own work, here are some things to remember:
If a branch is touching or near an overhead utility line, do not trim the branch. Instead call your utility company to arrange for removal of the branch. Think of your safety and the safety of your neighbors. Remove branches that could cause injury or property damage if they were to fall.
This includes dead and broken branches as well as standing dead trees. Review your trees every year for possible hazardous branches. Trim out branches that cross over other branches and create a rubbing wound on the branch. Trim up lower branches that are in your way for lawn maintenance. Never have a tree topped.
This may result in the death of your tree. Try not to remove more than ¼ of live branches or crown of the tree in one season. Maintain live branches on at least 2/3 of the tree’s total height.
Younger trees benefit from trim work every three to five years to create scaffold branches and good form. Larger trees need maintenance trim work every five to seven years for branch removal.
Ramsey County has brush disposal sites available to residents free of charge. The Ramsey County yard waste number is (651) 773-4455.