Trimming pine tree branches


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Old 06-05-21, 09:26 AM
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Question Trimming pine tree branches

Iím a new homeowner and we have a ton of large pine trees around the house. Iím wondering if itís okay to trim the lower branches that appear dead or if this harms the tree and/or allows disease to get into the tree? If it is okay to cut these, what is the best way to do it and is there a certain time of year that the tree heals best? Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 06-05-21, 09:49 AM
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Trimming dead branches never harms the tree, provided you do not cut so close that it affects the bark on the part of the tree around the branch. And you can do that any time of year.
 
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And if you don't cut them off now they will eventually break and fall off, usually when there is something under them that can be damaged.
 
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As rough as those 2 trees look, I'd want the whole tree gone.
 
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It is normal for the lower branches to dies off as they are blocked of light. If you see signs of dying half way up or higher then I'd inspect for signs of boring insect damage. Otherwise I'd just trim off the offending branches. I generally do work like that in winter (so I don't sweat) but you can do it any season.

If you look where the branch meets the tree you'll it gets fatter where it meets the tree. Then it tapers down to the diameter of the branch. Cut the branch flush where it starts to get fatter. This leaves the smallest wound surface for the tree.

 
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