How to handle trees when they grow too tall?

How to handle trees when they grow too tall?

Having trees around your building takes you closer to nature. It is a magical feeling to see them grow. Imagine having so much greenery around you. It would be a splendid joy to see that every day. But what if the tree is growing taller than how much you like? Well, you need to handle the trees and cut them short.

There could be several reasons why you want to maintain its height. For example, there could be a power line above, or it could grow out to the neighboring buildings, or you might not be able to reach out to the fruits. Whatever reason you want the trees to remain at a particular height, here is all you can do.

How do I know when the tree is getting tall?

Before you know how to handle tall trees, you should understand and identify when your trees get big. This could be determined highly based on the space your tree grows in. For example, suppose there is a power line running above and trees grow to such a height. You will have to cut it down. Similarly, when they grow past the fountains nearby or hang over the neighborhood spaces, you know that the trees have grown taller than required. Here are a few times when you can find the tree is getting too tall for the place.

  • The tree’s shade prevents the growth of the nearby plant
  • The height is hitting a power line, or the branches are touching other trees
  • The branches of the tree are hanging over sidewalks or roof structures
  • The branches are hanging over other buildings
  • The tree’s growth poses a threat to neighboring properties if the tree falls.

Tips to make a tree stop growing taller

  • The best you could do is cut the tree’s top back to within 2 inches. You can use a handsaw and cut at a 45-degree angle.
  • Once you have cut the top area, you can bend the other branches growing close to the top. Using twine, you can tie to the stub left from the previously cut top/
  • Cut side limbs in front of a side shoot at a 45-degree angle. It encourages growth and discourages water sprouts.
  • You can grow multiple plants around the tree; this will slow down its growth as the tree consumes shared nutrients.

But many do not prefer cutting off the top because it could lead to uneven shape and does not make the tree look good. In addition, it could also severely affect the tree’s new branches and make them weak. Therefore, checking them and cutting down the top properly with care and precision is necessary.

This process is known as pruning. It can help significantly in maintaining the height of the tree. However, you need to understand that as the tree ages, it loses its efficiency and energy to recover and grow better. So it is best to plan and schedule the pruning.

There are two pruning methods: crown reduction and developmental pruning.

Crown reduction pruning:

This method helps remove branches from the tree crown. It trims back the encroaching branches. However, it is essential not to cut the top part as it could make the tree weak and susceptible to disease.

Developmental pruning:

This method is mainly performed on younger trees to help them grow better. It aids the trees in developing proper branch structure and tree strength. It is like removing the split ends of the hair; you remove the weak branches of the trees. It makes the trees stronger.

Other significant methods to handle trees when they grow taller

Growth Inhibitors

There are sprays in the market known as growth inhibitors. They have an NAA chemical that helps in controlling tree growth. It prevents the growth of its roots after you cut them. So, you first cut the root and eliminate the soil over the cut root. Then spurt a thin layer on the trunk; you should start from the base and go all the way up to the initial set of branches. This method helps in preventing growth.

PS: Wear eye protection and gloves while spraying as the chemical could affect you.

Plant Strategically

The best thing to do before starting managing and handling all the space is to plant the trees strategically. Of course, this does not apply to trees you have planted. However, for those you will plant in the future, you can first consult the location, space, nearby buildings, and trees before you plant the tree. Many miniature tree varieties are available if you want to grow trees in a small space.

Systematic Herbicides

Systematic herbicides are best, especially with trees that reproduce through a spreading root system. It comprises glyphosate and extends throughout the tree to kill the roots. Do not spray it when you have already cut the root. It is always best to spray it on the extended root that grows. Similar to the measures you take while using other chemicals, you must wear eye protection and gloves while following this method.

Sucker Roots

Another popular method is the removal of sucker roots. For instance, the roots of a tree might grow far from the tree’s base as well. Those that emerge on the top of the soil are called suckers. So, you can cut the sucker roots using a sharp knife. You can do this two ways. One, you can remove the roots at the ground level. Two, you can cut the roots underneath the soil. The latter always helps as it can prevent the continued growth of such roots. With the first method, though the grown roots can be cut, another sucker will quickly grow.

Wrapping Up

There are several measures to prevent the growth, cut down the top of the tree, and avoid spacing issues. It is always best to figure out what works for you and your place and choose the method accordingly. While all these methods are DIY, you can contact professional and licensed experts to help maintain trees better and healthier.

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