What's The Proper Way To Trim This Tree? - Landscaping & Lawn Care - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Bondo
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 10-19-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 57
Rewards Points: 82
Default

What's the proper way to trim this tree?


I've got a beautiful tree that's overgrown onto my driveway, and unfortunately starting to scratch any cars that get too close trying to pull in and out of the garage.

I'm not sure exactly what type of pine (is it even a pine?) this is...but was hoping someone could shed some light on the proper way to trim this tree back, without killing it.

Any help is appreciated!!

**No matter how I rotate the picture, after I upload it it's turned counter-clockwise. Sorry about that.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by kwikfishron; 10-19-2016 at 06:40 PM. Reason: Rotate picture
PolishPete is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-19-2016, 10:56 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Upper mid-west
Posts: 2,924
Rewards Points: 4,330
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


I would start by removing limbs from the bottom to create an exposed trunk.

That said, one can make an argument the whole tree needs to go.
stick\shift is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-19-2016, 11:12 AM   #3
JUSTA MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Central Wyoming
Posts: 12,709
Rewards Points: 384
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


You can cut the lower limbs from that Spruce, to create a bare trunk of about 3 feet off the ground.

In nature the lower limbs are trimmed by the wildlife, either eating it or rubbing their antlers in the spring.

ED
de-nagorg is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-19-2016, 12:15 PM   #4
Master General ReEngineer
 
Bondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chaumont River, Ny.
Posts: 8,859
Rewards Points: 1,794
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


Ayuh,.... I agree, it's a spruce,....

I also agree the best way to trim a spruce is to cut off the lower branches is at the trunk,....
If ya trim the ends off the lower branches, those branches will never green up again,....
So, start at the bottom, 'n trim up the trunk as high as necessary, 'n leave anything above that alone,.....
de-nagorg likes this.
Bondo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2016, 03:52 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 36,490
Rewards Points: 18,118
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


At some point the roots from that tree is going to destroy that driveway, and hard to tell from the picture but it sure looks like it's also to close to the house.
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
joecaption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2016, 06:18 PM   #6
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 8,299
Rewards Points: 2
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


Quote:
Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
At some point the roots from that tree is going to destroy that driveway, and hard to tell from the picture but it sure looks like it's also to close to the house.
Maybe, maybe not.
chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2016, 06:55 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 57
Rewards Points: 82
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


Thanks for the help everyone.

Guess we'll start at the bottom and cut our way up. Any proper way to cut off the branches without hurting the tree or getting disease into the tree? Don't want to harm it any.

It's about 24 years old, and hasn't affected the driveway yet. It's just that it keep encroaching to the right and if one car is left on the right side of the driveway (in front of the right garage door), then you have to drive through the branches to get into the left garage door. So we've been kind of working around it, but it's just time to trim it. (It's past time actually.)
PolishPete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2016, 10:44 PM   #8
JUSTA MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Central Wyoming
Posts: 12,709
Rewards Points: 384
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


Cut each branch as close to the trunk as close as you can, without nicking the trunk.

People used to paint over the cut area to keep bugs and diseases out, but I think that there is a product made especially for this now, check at the garden center at a hardware store, or your local county agriculture office arborist will know exactly how to seal these cuts.

You might need to cut branches in stages, a few inches at first to get room to work, then more until you get to the trunk, once you cut the end off a branch, this basically kills that branch anyway, so go ahead and go all the way to the trunk.


ED
de-nagorg is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2016, 05:02 AM   #9
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 8,299
Rewards Points: 2
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


No need to apply anything to the fresh cuts. That practice stopped 30 odd years ago.
chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2016, 06:02 AM   #10
Master General ReEngineer
 
Bondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chaumont River, Ny.
Posts: 8,859
Rewards Points: 1,794
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


Ayuh,.... It's a Spruce,....

It'll ooze pitch out, 'n cover it's scars, all by itself,...
Bondo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2016, 09:21 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 606
Rewards Points: 100
Default

Re: What's the proper way to trim this tree?


Pines and the like have "tap-roots". Usually. So it may not interfere with the driveway pavement. But I'd remove it. Replant one or more with bo-coo space around them for growth and snip off the lowest branches from the start.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
ChuckTin is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Proper nails for siding/exterior trim Kory Beam Roofing/Siding 19 08-15-2016 06:39 PM
Best way to do trim? ligyron Carpentry 4 02-17-2012 10:23 PM
Small Yard, Tree Roots....? JayNYOne Landscaping & Lawn Care 6 11-13-2011 07:30 PM
Old Flooring and Trim Identification and Refinishing BungalowBaby Flooring 8 07-02-2011 07:17 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts