Have you recently purchased a property with one or more large trees? Are the trees looking overgrown and in need of pruning? Many people are tempted to prune their trees themselves, rather than spend the money to hire someone else to do it. Unfortunately, this may cause you more problems in the long run. Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a professional:
Knowing when to prune: Certain trees should only be pruned at certain times of the year. For example, if you have a pine tree, you would do major pruning in the fall or winter and preventative pruning in the spring and summer. Pruning during the wrong time of year has the potential to weaken a pine tree and may cause it to die. However, the exact timing of this pruning can depend on the exact climate in the area in which you live. Other tree species will obviously have slightly different pruning seasons. A professional tree service will know when it's safe to prune your tree or trees and when they should be left alone.
Knowing how much to prune: Trees need their leaves to make food so that they can continue to live and grow. If you're not experienced with tree pruning, you could easily remove enough of the leaves and branches to kill your tree. With a tree service, you won't have to worry about this possibility. The professionals that come to trim your tree will know exactly how much of your tree can be removed and still allow your tree to be healthy. While they may not trim it back as much as you would do it yourself, it will have a better appearance in your yard than a dead tree would have.
Knowing what to prune: You may know the exact time of year to prune your trees as well as what percentage of the tree can be removed safely, but that still doesn't mean you know exactly what or where to prune. For instance, removing the highest part of the tree, or "topping" it, can be extremely dangerous. Removing large branches may or may not cause a similar situation, potentially creating many branches that can easily break off and damage your property. Tree service professionals are trained to know exactly what can and can't be removed. Instead of worrying about whether or not your DIY pruning job will create a future hazard, you'll be secure in knowing that the job was done safely and correctly.