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Do’s and Don’ts of Tree Trimming that You Need to Know

Tree trimming and hedge trimming are services that require the expertise of professional arborists and tree care experts. Whether you want to remove the rotten portions of a tree or keep your yard tidy, tree trimming can help you. However, it is a task that can be dangerous if not done correctly. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the do’s and don’ts, so you are aware of the best ways to trim trees and plants.

General Do’s and Don’ts for Tree and Hedge Trimming

  • Examine the trees after heavy winds or a storm to check whether trimming is necessary to remove any broken or damaged branches.
  • Learn about different pruning practices to avoid damaging your trees.
  • Prune trees that are bushy and overgrown and trim branches that are close to your roof and house.
  • Also, prune to encourage the growth of fruits and flowers.
  • Trim broken, dying, or diseased limbs that have high chances of falling on your house, powerline, or people on your property.
  • Avoid trimming more than 25% – 30% of a tree’s foliage at once because this could damage the tree’s health.
  • Don’t prune unless it is necessary.
  • Do not trim a tree that is less than a year old only to enhance its appearance. Prune a young tree only to remove dead or broken limbs.
  • Don’t use a sealer to seal any wounds after trimming a tree as this could rot the branches.

Tree Trimming Do’s and Don’ts for Enhanced Safety

  • Do use safety gear, including long pants, gloves, and safety glasses to protect your body from injuries.
  • Do prune outer foliage properly.
  • Don’t try to climb a tree without using the proper climbing gear.
  • Don’t over-trim the inner foliage or prune a tree that’s within 10-12 feet of a transformer or a power line.
  • Don’t attempt to prune branches that are too high, especially if you’re using a chainsaw.

Do’s and Don’ts to Decide When to Prune Trees

  • Avoid pruning plants in fall when healing takes longer unless you discover diseased or dead branches.
  • It helps to trim trees and hedges in winter to promote new growth in spring, so prune your trees during the late winter months.
  • Prune tree limbs in summer to help slow the growth of a tree if it seems to be damaged or diseased.
  • Do not prune a tree in spring months until all the blossoms have opened.

Professional Hedge and Tree Trimming in Toronto with the Experts


Whether you want to have a neat and tidy yard, remove the dead portions of a tree, or trim diseased plants and trees, the experts at DreamWorks Tree Services have got your back. We have qualified arborists in Toronto to help assess the condition of your trees and come up with accurate solutions at a reasonable price to ensure that they are healthy.

For more information about our tree trimming service in Toronto, give us a call at 647-793-8903. You could also request a free property assessment by filling out our online form.

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