Can you over trim your trees?
Homeowners often ask our arborists “can you trim a tree too much?” The answer is yes – you definitely can! This blog post will explain the consequences of over-trimming trees, as well as provide some guidelines for proper trimming.
While it may seem like a good idea to give your trees a little extra TLC by trimming them more often, this can actually do more harm than good. Over-trimming can damage the tree’s natural ability to defend against pests and diseases, and can also lead to trimmed branches that are unsightly and misshapen. So how much trimming is too much? Read on to find out.
Shear Cuts are Damaging to Trees
Shear cuts, or flat cuts made along the branch, are very damaging to trees. When a shear cut is made, it removes the tree’s natural ability to seal the wound with resin. This leaves the tree open to infection and pests. In addition, shear cuts stimulate excessive growth of lateral buds, which results in weak, deformed branches. To avoid these problems, make sure that all cuts are made at a 45 degree angle away from the bud.
Over-Trimming Causes Stress on Trees
Trees are living beings, just like us! And just like us, they can experience stress when they’re subjected to too much pruning. Over-trimming puts unnecessary stress on trees, which can weaken them and make them more susceptible to disease and pests. If you must trim your tree, do so gradually over time so that the tree has a chance to adjust.
When done improperly, trimming can result in an uneven tree canopy. This is not only unsightly, but it can also be dangerous if large branches are left hanging over your home or yard. If you need to trim your tree, be sure to do so evenly on all sides in order to maintain a balanced canopy.
Over Trimming Conclusion
In conclusion, while proper trimming can promote healthy growth in trees, over-trimming can damage trees and even make them more susceptible to disease and pests. If you must trim your tree, do so gradually over time and be sure to make all cuts at a 45 degree angle away from the bud. With a little care and attention, you can keep your trees healthy and looking their best!