Do you have a weeping cherry tree in the backyard? It is not only unsightly, but it is also unsafe. It might fall anytime and can hurt someone. With this, pruning is necessary. For most of you, working with a professional is probably the first thing that comes to mind. While working with a pro can be convenient, it can also be expensive. The good thing is that you can trim it even on your own. It is not that difficult after all. Keep on reading the rest of this post and we’ll let you know exactly how this can be done.
What You Will Need
Before anything else, you need to prepare the necessary materials. If you love DIY tasks, most of the tools needed are probably already available. If not, you might want to ask your neighbors if they have the equipment needed. You can also buy it. They will be the excellent investment as they can be useful beyond trimming a weeping cherry tree.
A hand pruner is the most important from the materials that you will need. Alternatively, you can use shears. Just make sure that they have sharp blades for the best outcomes. If the tree is too high, you should also have a ladder, which will help you to reach even the top part.
How to Do It
Once you have gathered the materials needed, below are the steps that you should follow:
- The first thing that you have to do is to get rid of the dead and damaged parts of the tree, specifically twigs and branches. A sharp pruning shear will make your life easier. It is important to do this as early as possible. If not, the parts can be harder and will be difficult to remove. Worse, the damage can spread to the healthy parts of your tree.
- In between cutting the twigs and branches, it is also a good idea to wash your sears. Preferably, sprinkle antiseptic alcohol. This will prevent the damage from spreading to the other parts.
- Next, trim the straight branches that you can see from the ground level. Also called suckers or water sprouts, if not trimmed, they will absorb the water and nutrition that is required by the tree for healthy survival.
- Cut the branches that go directly towards each other. If they are rubbing with other branches, this means that you should get rid of them so as not to affect the healthy growth of the cherry tree.
- When pruning, you have to do it carefully to make sure that the leaves will grow out beautifully. With this, avoid cutting near the trunk. Cutting directly on the trunk can lead to an undesirable growth of the tree.
- Make sure that you do not over-prune. It is easy to get lost of how much you have already pruned. Take time to look at the tree from afar to know if there is still a need for more pruning.
It is not that difficult, right? You just need to spare minimal effort and time on your end. You can save a lot by doing the task on your own instead of paying someone to do such an easy job.