Trimming your trees is needed to control the growth and help
develop the shape you want. It can help promote growth in
foliage. It should be done in the right place on the branch.
Leaving to much of a stub can cause and entry point for disease
A stub can also cause a danger to you while you are walking
by or even cutting the grass. It is important that you cut
the branch where it meets the trunk with removing the collar
(the swollen part where they meet).
Some tips on trimming a tree: Remove the weight off the branch
by cutting off the branch two or three feet from the trunk
by cutting a third of the way up from the bottom of the branch
them cutting the rest of the way from the top. This will relieve
the stress when you cut the branch at the trunk. So you will
not tear the bark when it is cut.
Here are a few times of the year when a tree should or should
not be trimmed.
Should not be trimmed in the fall as it will make them more
susceptible to fungi.
Should be trimmed in mid-winter or late spring/summer when
it is full of leaves. This will stop the tree from bleeding
(drip from the trimming wound)
Always use sharp clippers and never tear the branches. If
you are not trimming the branches at the trunk make the cuts
at an adjoining growth node.