Tree Trimming: When Should I Do It?

Trimming trees can make your property look gorgeous, while ignoring them can make it look anything but.

Trees can make your property look beautiful, just like haircut can make your face look beautiful. There comes a time, however, when they grow to a certain length and make your home look like it’s been abandoned for 47 years—like when your hair gets too shaggy, you look like you’ve been stranded on an island a la Tom Hanks in “Cast Away”. Trees need to be trimmed or pruned regularly, certain branches must be cut off to ensure the health of the tree and your family’s safety. Know when you should trim your trees!

When Should One Trim Trees?

The Department of Agriculture has a few suggestions of when trimming trees is appropriate.

  • The tree’s growth obstructs visibility for pedestrians or vehicles.
  • The tree’s growth threatens your home, vehicles or property.
  • A storm causes limbs to fall on power lines.

Why Should One Trim Trees?

According to the Department of Agriculture, trees need to be pruned for safety, health, and aesthetics.

  • Aesthetics: Trimming a tree can accentuate its physical appearance, as well improve flower/fruit production.
  • Safety: Removing branches that may cause damage property or people if they fall is a primary reason for tree trimming.
  • Tree Health: Removing dead or diseased branches will benefit the overall health of the tree. In addition, trimming can encourage trees to develop stronger core structure to withstand the elements.

OK, So How Do I Do It?

Don’t know where to start? No need to worry, we’re here to give you a good guide.

  1. Prune first for safety, next for health and finally for aesthetics.
  2. Never prune trees near utility lines. Instead, call your local power company or professional arborist to handle the job. It’s simply too dangerous to even get close to power lines, so it’s best to leave it to a professional.
  3. Use the following size guide when you prune your trees:
    • Under 5 cm in diameter, go ahead.
    • Between 5 and 10 cm diameter, think twice.
    • Anything greater than 10 cm, you have good reason to consider an arborist.

Tree trimming is an important part of keeping a house looking neat and tidy. For all of your insurance coverage needs, contact the insurance experts at Scavone Insurance Agency Center LLC in White Plains, New York. We will work with you to makes sure you have the coverage you need to protect you from any disasters this season.

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