Having trees on your property can be a great way to boost curb appeal, provide shade, and add privacy to your outdoor living space. At the same time, keeping trees healthy and looking their best can be a lot of work. Specifically, trees need to be pruned back every so often in order to ensure they don't become overgrown and to keep them growing healthy. If you plan on doing your own pruning rather than calling a tree trimming service, there are some things you need to know.

DO Have All the Right Tools

There are a lot of tools that you'll need to have on-hand if you want to be able to do all the pruning yourself. These tools should also be kept properly sharpened at all times. Of course, the specific tools will vary depending on the trees you have on your property, but as a general rule, you should have the following readily available to you:

  • hand pruners, for smaller branches and growth
  • lightweight, long-handled loppers for thicker branches
  • a pruning saw or pole, for large branches

DO Prune Dead Branches Right Away

Knowing when to prune your trees can be a challenge, but in most cases, they should be pruned during the months of winter and spring. Furthermore, you should be sure to prune any dead branches from a tree as soon as you see them, even if it's in the middle of the summer and regardless of the specific type of tree you're working with. This can help to stop the spread of disease and will thus prolong the life of your trees in the process.

DON'T Prune a Tree the Year It's Planted

Finally, if you've recently planted a new tree, make sure you avoid pruning it in the same year it's planted, as this can cause too much stress on the tree and will increase its chances of disease or death. Your tree will need some time to adjust to the shock of being transplanted to new soil, so wait until the following winter or spring when the tree has become a little better established before you prune it back for the first time.

There's a lot to keep in mind when it comes to pruning your trees. At any time, if you become overwhelmed or need professional assistance and/or advice, be sure to contact a tree trimming service to get the job done.