When autumn arrives and the leaves begin to disappear, we begin to see the weakening of some branches on the trees. This is becoming a serious problem when there are already several branches in the garden that need to be removed. Generally, when the branches begin to break or fall on their own after having delivered their life cycle, we do not know what to do with the broken branches, but the case is worse when you notice the deterioration of some branches but they do not finish falling.
If you continue reading, you will realize what is the best thing to do with broken branches.
Assess damage, the first step
Nobody likes to see trees with broken branches in their garden. But do you know that there is something even more important than that ‘bad image’? We speak, specifically, of the health of trees. Think that if some of its branches have broken abruptly, that ‘wound’ can become the gateway for numerous infections.
- Powdery mildew: it is also known as ash, and causes the leaves of the trees to get sick and fall.
- Rust: Small red, yellow, or orange spots appear on the leaves and stems of the affected tree, causing them to dry out and fall off.
- Bold: this disease manifests itself in the form of black powders on the leaves of trees.
- Both to prevent your trees from getting sick and dying, and to make your garden look just as beautiful again.
Are there chips to remove?
The wind can greatly damage the branches of the trees in your garden. In fact, the most common damage caused by this meteorological phenomenon is branch breakage.
If the breakage is only partial, and there is a part of the branch about to detach from the main part, what you have to do is cut it completely with the help of a good saw.
Also remember that no splinters should remain on the branch to be pruned. If the damage has been caused on the trunk of the tree itself, clean it without fear with a pruning shear.
To avoid most of the risks of working with trees, certain safety measures must be taken that will prevent falls from the top of the branches or the tree, blows due to falling broken branches, electrocutions due to contact with electrical circuits. In order not to live that experience, it is advisable to follow these tips:
Choose the working day well:
Apart from the fact that you must be in perfect condition, the weather on the day you are going to prune is also important. It is better that it does not rain, nor is it windy, nor is it very cold or very hot.
Use full protective equipment:
that is, a helmet, gloves, non-slip boots, a safety harness if you are going to climb, resistant clothing to prevent chafing, safety glasses and hearing protection if the tools you are going to use are noisy.
Check the place before you start:
you have to check that there are no nests, hives or poison ivy on the branches, for example.
Play it safe:
If you are going to use a ladder to reach the highest branches of the tree, make sure that it is well tied to the trunk. And, if you are going to perch or walk on a branch, make sure first that it will support your full weight.
Make clean cuts:
both for the sake of the branches and for your own and the people around you, the cuts you make must follow a certain procedure. Start with the notch, continue with the hinge, and finish with the final back cut.
Besides, it is worth remembering that each machine you use for pruning broken branches comes with its instructions. Read them carefully, work calmly and only if you are clear-headed, do not take shortcuts and, if in doubt, contact a professional.
In case you do not want to interfere in this work that, as you can see, implies a great effort, you can contact a team of expert professionals who will be in charge of removing all the dry branches and giving the trees that have suffered the losses the proper treatment. of important branches of its ecosystem.