Chances are that you had already mulled the thought of pruning a dead tree in the backyard but before you rush headlong into tree pruning, you may want to get in touch with a professional to handle the task for you. However, if you are still think you can handle it on your own, then you may want to check the following tree pruning tips and techniques.
Before you start tree pruning, you may want to consider why you want to prune a particular tree? Are you trying to get the tree to grow in a particular direction? Or do you just want it to appear attractive? Or are you trying to get rid of the ungainly sight of dead wood? If any of the situations sound familiar, then yes, you need to carefully think about why you need to prune the tree and plan accordingly. For example, if you are pruning a tree to grow it in a particular way or direction, then you should plan it around autumn season so that there is an explosion of growth comes spring.
Prune from Lateral Branches:
You may want to start off pruning the lateral branches and then working your way up the tree. Make sure that you have the required equipment including pruning tools and that you wear protective gear such as hard hat, gloves, non-slip boots goggles, face shield, etc. before you start pruning the tree. Also remember, if you are trying to prune a tree to get an attractive look, then you may want to start off by pruning all the dead branches.
Making the Cut:
When it comes to trimming and cutting branches, make sure you make a deep cut on the underside of the target branch. This is done so that when you make the final cut on the other side of the branch it does not bow out and damage the trunk as it falls down. This is why you had made the cut on the bottom of the branch and it should help to protect the trunk from any scratching damage
Do Not Cut Off the Branch Collar:
It is vital that you do not cut off the branch collar when trimming the branches. Once you have trimmed a particular branch, you can further trim it down so that the overall look is uniform. But remember that the branch collar must be left as it is to encourage new growth.
Clean the Equipment:
Once you have finished pruning the tree, clear the area of all detritus such as branches, leaves, etc. Make sure that you wash all your equipment to remove all dirt and disinfect all hand tools with rubbing alcohol. It is a necessary step as your tools could have been used to cut into a canker. Also, remember to rub down all cutting equipment with disinfectant before moving onto the next tree as you would not want to pass on the infection to other healthy trees in your yard.
With these tips, you should be able to get the tree trimming done without any hassle. It is always a good idea to hire the professionals since they can do the task in effective and efficient manner and that too in the fastest time but if you have the right equipment and feel that you can handle tree pruning on your own, then you should give it a try. But make sure that you take all the requisite protections such as glasses, gloves before you opt to do so. Also remember to trim the tree during the winter months.