Safety Tips For Tree Trimmers

Fall is a great time to get your tree trimmers sharp and to do some tree trimming. This is the off-season for trees, the best time for pruning and re-pruning, and the most fun time of year to do it too. There are a few things that you should be aware of so that you can enjoy this fall season fully. You’ll find the following information will help you get the most out of your tree trimming experience.

Tree trimming in autumn is often better for the trees in your yard than in the winter. Tree trimmers will have more leaves on than they normally do in the winter, and they don’t have as much need of watering. The leaves on the branches in autumn will be lighter and will be easier to clean up. If you have trees that need pruning anyway, it may be less expensive and easier to do at this time of year.

Trimming in the fall means that you will get rid of diseased or damaged branches. You can save your trees by removing diseased ones and leaving healthy branches untended. You can also make them healthier by pruning buds that are not producing flowers yet. In the winter, there is often more of a focus on blooming trees. You can use pruning to improve their production in the spring and summer.

When you do remove branches you need to be careful. Thinning branches can be dangerous if you don’t catch them while they are young. If you notice branches that are broken or falling, then you should take care of them right away. Wait until they have fully developed before cutting them. Cutting them too early may result in scarring and weakening the tree.

You need to inspect the root ball when you cut a tree. Do this carefully and be very patient. It can take a bit of time to properly identify a healthy root ball. A lot of tree owners will simply do a quick cutting at the base of a tree and assume that everything is fine. In some cases, the base of a tree can rot if it is not well cared for.

It is not uncommon for a tree to change direction of growth at different times of the year. You will need to pay attention to changes in direction. A tree that grows upright might need to be trimmed to fit in with the landscape and those that grow in a more horizontal direction could face problems if they are suddenly angled downward.

If you are considering purchasing a gas-powered trimmer, then it is important to consider how it works. Gas trimmers usually attach to the tree with cords that extend from the tree to the attachments. Cordless versions attach directly to the tree. The tree trimmer uses a cord that plugs into a power outlet. Tree trimmers run on batteries that must be replaced periodically.

It is important to work carefully around trees that may be dangerous. Trimmers have blades that are sharp and could cause serious injury to a person or animal. Keep children away from the tree to prevent any unwanted accidents. If a person should accidentally get their hands or arms stuck inside the trimmer, there is a good chance that it can cause a serious injury. A person should never pull the trigger of a trimmer without first putting their hands above their heart.

Another safety issue that must be taken into consideration is the danger posed by flying limbs. Some people have reported having their legs severed by trimmers when they were unable to avoid them. Always wear earplugs and use the protective sleeve that comes with the machine. Tree trimmers can also cause some damage to roofs or walls, if a branch hits it at an angle. For this reason, a tree should never be truned right before or right after a storm.

Tree services are offered by many places. When choosing a place, be sure to ask about warranties and whether or not they will repair or replace the trimmer if it is damaged. Ask how long they’ve been in business and do a little research on their reputation. You may want to find out how much it will cost to get the tree cut or replaced. Be sure to call in ahead of time if you know there will be bad weather.

Tree trimmers can provide a great service, but they are only as good as the owner. Make sure to use common sense and protect yourself from any liability. If something does happen, it will be far less expensive to just replace the machine than to fix the tree.