Once the leaves change in the fall and before they start to bloom again in the spring, this is the best time for you to consider trimming your trees. Whether you’re going to attempt this important task yourself or talk to a local certified arborist, read about tools a certified arborist uses to trim a tree.

What is an arborist?

Arborists specialize in maintaining the health of a tree. Notice that this isn’t amending it’s physical attributes to be aesthetically pleasing or beautiful necessarily, but more so to keep the tree healthy. Your trees health will be determined be several factors from maintenance and environment, which you should consider promptly.

How often do I tend to my trees health – If you’ve had a tree on your property for several years, consider if you’ve ever taken the time to maintain/trim it yourself. If you are unfamiliar with how to do so, quick tips and necessary practices are scattered all throughout our site.

How does the environment impact my tree’s health – Consider the system your tree is a part of. If you are in an area that is extremely hot or cold for the majority of the year, this will impact your tree’s overall health. This also will expedite any process that has begun with damage.

Trimming the tree yourself

If you’re going to be trimming a simple, smaller tree with smaller branches, the first thing you’ll want to have on hand is pruning shears (or pruners for short). Pruning shears can cut smaller branches with a diameter of up to one inch in thickness. Not all branches are the same though, so if you have several branches and twigs jutting out at different angles, consider a good pair of bypass pruning shears, or anvil pruning shears if the three has dead branches or twigs throughout.

Also, if you are attentive to those branches and their health, consider how many of the branches are dead vs healthy. If it’s a colder season and your tree’s branches are dying from the elements, that’s one thing. However, if it’s spring and a time your tree should be thriving, this could be a deeper issue with the tree itself.

For branches that are a bit thicker (up to a thickness of two inches), having a good pair of loppers on hand will help you due to their sturdiness and ease of use with a handle that’s longer as well. Similar to pruners, there are both bypass and anvil loppers, so depending on the type of branches you’re going to trim (i.e. dead limbs), these can prove to be particularly helpful. However, these may be tougher with very minimal experience. Getting professional consultation on these branches may be a better idea. That will give you a better chance of keeping your tree healthy and keeping it away from damage long term.

If you need to reach thicker branches that aren’t as accessible as smaller ones, investing in a good pole pruner with a saw and bypass blade will help cut smaller branches while the pruning saw trims the thicker branches and limbs.