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Trimming Trees Back From the House


BBB can add visual interest to your property and create shade for relaxing or playing games with the family. However, they can also pose a safety risk and cause expensive damage to your home or car if their branches fall during a storm. Trimming trees back from your house keeps your yard safe and allows for proper growth that will not only accentuate the beauty of the tree but help it thrive.

Tree branches should be kept at least 10 to 20 feet away from the structure of your house depending on the size of the tree, its canopy and root system. Keeping them closer than this can cause them to break in high winds, causing damage to your roof and possibly the foundation of your home. It can also allow for moisture to seep into your siding and interior of the house creating a moldy, slimy mess that will require costly repairs.

Essential Tips for Trimming Trees Safely Away from Your Home

A common mistake people make when trimming their own trees is cutting the stub a branch leaves behind too close to the trunk. A good rule is to cut just outside the “branch collar”, a thick area covered in rough bark that is located at the base of the branch and trunk where they intersect. This will help the wound seal faster and minimize insect infestations.

Another pruning mistake is over-pruning or topping the tree, which means removing the majority of the crown. This can be very damaging to the health of the tree as it removes its primary source of energy. This can lead to a starvation of the plant and premature death. If you are looking to have your trees trimmed, contact a certified arborist who has the experience and equipment to keep your yard safe and healthy for years to come.

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