As we move into the dormant season of Winter, it’s the perfect time to do routine tree pruning around your Palm Coast or Bunnell home. If you choose to trim your trees yourself, it’s important to do so carefully in order to ensure your safety during trimming as well as the future health of your trees.
Pruning the Trees Near Your Home
Trees that aren’t maintained can be a safety hazard for your home, vehicle, and even power lines or passing motorists. When there are co-dominant leaders it makes your tree more prone to splitting. Low-hanging branches can also impede a person’s line of vision while driving. This is why it’s important to have them trimmed and pruned regularly, as this keeps them healthy and makes it less likely that there will be damage which results in a claim on your homeowners insurance policy (or auto insurance, if a branch falls on your car).
Why Proper Tree Pruning Matters
When trees are trimmed improperly it can destabilize the tree or leave open wounds that lead to disease. This can cause large limbs, or even the entire tree, to fall on your home or vehicle. Not everyone who offers tree trimming services is certified and they can engage in practices that are actually harmful to your trees. This is why it’s useful to do some research on proper techniques so that, even if you don’t do the trimming yourself, you’ll know if it’s being done right.
Safety Tips for Pruning Your Trees
If you decide to tackle tree pruning yourself, you’ll want to make sure that you do so in a way that doesn’t endanger yourself or anyone else. Know your limits. If you plan to take down an entire tree, you should probably hire someone in order to protect yourself from falling limbs and potential injury.
When you perform basic pruning of your trees, it’s important to be prepared. Wear gloves and safety goggles, and wear hearing protection if you’ll be using loud equipment. Always have a spotter, but make sure they keep their distance from the tree that’s being trimmed. And don’t rig up any ladders. Unless it’s firmly situated on the ground, don’t climb it.
Following these tips can help you avoid unfortunate events involving the trees on your property. They’ll also reduce the risk of your being liable for damage that could happen to someone else’s property. Another way to protect yourself is through purchasing a homeowners insurance policy that will cover you in case an accident does occur.
Whether it’s property, auto, or even personal insurance, Flagler County Insurance Agency has you covered. Contact us to learn more about how we can provide protection for the things that matter to you most.