There are many benefits to having trees in the yard. They provide shade that reduces the heat absorbed through the roof, they help keep the soil around your home from eroding and can protect your property against high winds. Arborists and roofing contractors recommend pruning your trees on a regular basis. JTI Roofing shares a look at why pruning your trees is a necessity.
Why Should You Prune Trees?
Tree pruning is practiced for many reasons. Some do it to remove diseased, dead, or overgrown branches or stems, leaving healthy plant tissue intact. Others do it for aesthetic purposes. Trees on residential property may be pruned for safety reasons. Dead, dry branches may be a fire hazard if they come in contact with power lines.
Tree branches may also damage the roof by poking the outer roofing surface. This can gradually strip the roofing material down to the base mat layer, exposing the roof to moisture intrusion. This can lead to various types of roofing damage, all of which can result in a premature roof replacement.
Things to Remember When Pruning Trees
Tree pruning should be left to arborists and landscaping professionals. Cutting branches the wrong way may be fatal to the tree. However, if professional pruning services are not available and you have no choice but to do it yourself, keep the following things in mind:
Carefully inspect the tree, particularly in how the outer branches stem from the larger ones. You need to identify which living branch is attached to the main trunk, as you will need to avoid pruning them.
If a tree is in season, never remove more than a quarter of the tree’s crown.
Cut the high branches safely by using a pole pruner, instead of climbing the tree.
To shorten a branch with a small bud, make a sharp, clean and slightly angled cut about 1/4 inches beyond the bud.
Protect Your Home
Create a 10-foot clearance between the roofing surface and the outer branches. This creates enough room for growth while keeping the tree branches from damaging the roof surface. It also helps prevent leaves from getting into the gutters that cause gutter clogging.