Trees in the yard are beneficial in many ways. They shield your home from high winds and harsh sunlight, and they help protect your home from soil erosion. Arborists, landscapers and roofing companies recommend keeping the trees around your home pruned. Read on as Precision Roofing Inc. shares a closer look at why pruning trees on your property is necessary.
Why Trees Need to Be Pruned
Pruning is the practice of selectively removing parts of a plant, such as branches and roots, to keep it healthy, or to improve yield in fruit-bearing plants. Typically, only dead parts are removed to arrest the spread of unhealthy tissue. However, pruning can also be done for aesthetic purposes. Trees that grow in residential properties may also be pruned for safety reasons. Dead and dry branches may get snagged in power lines, or fall on someone else’s property.
Another reason to prune a tree in your yard is that it may have branches that can damage the roof. Overhanging branches may have sharp edges that can poke at the roofing surface. On an asphalt shingle roof, this could result in the asphalt layer getting exposed. On a metal roof, the bare metal can be exposed to the elements. While they don’t usually result in premature roof replacement, repairs will still need to be done.
Things to Remember When Pruning Trees
Ideally, tree pruning should be left to arborists and landscapers. Tree branches should be cut in a certain way that it doesn’t harm one of the major branches. If pruning services are not available and you have to do the trimming, try to limit yourself to removing dead parts, which should break off relatively easily. For obvious reasons, never try to remove a branch that’s directly above you.
If you have to use cutting tools to prune certain branches, take a step back and see how the outer branches stem from bigger ones. Avoid trimming any branch that stems directly from the trunk, if possible. Instead of climbing the tree, use a pole pruner. Make sure that the branches have about a 10-foot clearance from the roofing surface. This should allow room for growth, while giving you several years of scratch-free roofs and clog-free gutters. Make sure you have the roof and gutters cleaned after pruning the trees.
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