How To Prune Your Trees

You may be one of many people in the Tri-Cities who isn’t quite sure about how to prune or trim your trees. Top Tree LLC is here to either show you how to do it or to take care of your trees for you. Here is what to look for when pruning your trees:

Start with the three D’s.

  • Dead Limbs
  • Damaged Limbs
  • Diseased Limbs

When removing any diseased branches or limbs, you will most likely end up with the diseased spores on your blade. You should keep a 10% solution of bleach or even lysol. You will need to disinfect the blade between each cut.

When removing branches or limbs from your trees, you need to keep in mind that the weight of the branch will want to drag the limb(s) down. This in turn could end up ripping the bark off the trunk. This will cause more damage than good.

It is highly recommended that you use a “three cut” method. The first cut should be performed on the bottom of the branch. This will eliminate any peeling of the bark as mentioned before. The second cut should be performed on top of the branch. This will be the cut that causes the branch to fall from the tree. The third cut should be used to clean up the resulting nub. This cut should be relatively close to the trunk of the tree.

Now, if you do not feel comfortable or simply don’t have the proper tools to do any of this pruning, we are more than happy to do any of this pruning for you. Also, if you have multiple trees to prune or just don’t have the time to do it, we are here for you. We can handle all of your tree pruning needs and services in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and even West Richland. We look forward to being your preferred tree maintenance provider.

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