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What to Do When Your Tree Branches Get Too Low?

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May 11, 2022


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  • There are many reasons your tree branches can get too low. When this happens, the condition is known as branch drooping. And the reason you will immediately need a prompt corrective action is that sagging branches can lead to safety risks, including obstructing pathways. In addition, drooping branches can also cause harm to children and even adults by hiding harmful organisms such as snakes. They can also block enough sunlight penetration to tiny trees and other plants.

    But still, while you can deal with sagging branches by removing them, the best way to ensure you excellently eradicate the problem and prevent it from happening in the future is through tree trimming. And to do the process better, let’s explore the steps to follow.

    Trimming Tree Branches Hanging Too Low

    The best way to trim branches that hang too low is by using a trimming saw. And the reason for using a saw instead of any other equipment is that it helps you make accurate cuts that prevent tearing off the tree’s bark which can cause most of the branches and even the twigs to come off. And to ensure you correctly make the required cuts, here is how to do it.

    Making Undercuts of Branches a Few Inches Away from the Trunks

    To prevent the tree’s bark from tearing and letting water seep inside, make the cuts away from it. Also, cutting away from the bark prevents holes that can allow in pests and other damaging elements, including mold and mildew. And this is because when mildew and mold grow inside the bark, they can rot or even accumulate other organisms that lead to tree infections. Therefore, cut it from the bottom when trimming any hanging or sagging branch.

    Moving a Short Distance Away from the First Cut Before Making the Second

    After making the first cut, move a short distance before the second. You can move further out on the branch or anywhere else you won’t harm the tree after making the second cut. And the reason for doing this is to prevent the tree from bearing the weight of the existing hanging branches that you leave while cutting the sagging ones. In short, you do this to ensure the tree balances, which means you will also need to cut a few branches that are not hanging to help the tree distribute its weight.

    Making the Third Cuts on the Outside Edges of Branches and Barks and Also Cutting Through Their Outer Collar Edges

    Making the third cut when trimming trees is always the step that seems complex. But to ensure you do it correctly, begin by locating the tree branch and bark collar edges. These edges are visible if you cut the branches from the outside. Look for spots where there is swelling which mainly presents the branch edges, and cut from there. And remember, do not damage the trunk while making the cuts from the outer sections of the branches.

    More importantly, after making the cuts and removing all hanging branches, don’t cut the remaining branches, especially those close to the trunks. Instead, ensure you leave stubs of the branches you cut close to the trunks so that the branch collars can heal quickly and allow other branches to grow.

    Common Causes of Too Low Hanging and Sagging Tree Branches

    While it’s common for large and old tree branches to sag, the common reasons that can let the problem happen even to small trees include the following.

    Heavy Growth

    During particular seasons like springs, most trees are sprouting new branches, leaves, and even seeds. And as this happens, tree species such as the eucalyptus start to produce seedpods, and as a result, these pods can weigh down some branches, making them sag and hang too low than expected. And based on the extent to which your tree branches sag and hang too low, trimming will likely prevent them from making the tree slant or even fall due to being overweight.

    Insufficient Water

    When trees don’t have enough water, their branches dry out and sag. Over time, drooping branches hang too low and dry out at the tree trunk or bark when not removed on time. And as this happens, your trees become prone to diseases caused by mold and mildew, especially those that grow and hide inside the shade the hanging branches make.

    Weak Tree Crotches

    A tree crotch is where your tree branches connect to the trunks. And if anything happens to the crotches, the tree then automatically suffers from weight distribution which can also cause branches to sag and hang too low.

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