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Having trees in your yard offers many benefits. They provide shade over your home and lawn, they help prevent soil erosion, and act as a barrier against winds. In order to coexist with your home, your trees need to be pruned on a regular basis. Infinity Home Improvements, provider of gutter protection systems with the best gutter guard reviews, discusses why pruning is necessary.

Why Trees Need to Be Pruned

Tree owners practice pruning for many reasons: removing dead or overgrown branches or stems, improving the tree’s health by removing diseased parts or simply for aesthetic purposes. In residential properties, pruning is needed to reduce fire hazards if the branches are too close to electrical wires. Trees overhanging the house can poke and scratch the roof and gutters, resulting in damage. Also, the leaves that fall from these branches may cause clogged gutters.

Important Things to Remember When Pruning Your Trees

Tree pruning should be left to professionals, especially if you haven’t had experience with it. Cutting the wrong branches, with improper cutting techniques, can be damaging to the tree itself. If professional pruning services are not available, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Never remove more than a quarter of a tree’s crown in season.

  • Never cut a living branch attached to the main trunk. When inspecting before pruning, start from the outermost branches and work your way down.

  • Use a pole pruner on high branches.

  • When shortening a small branch with a small bud, make a sharp, clean and slightly angled cut about 1/4 inch beyond the bud.

Protecting Your Home

A 10-foot clearance from the roofing surface to the outer branches is enough to make sure it won’t cause damage or let the leaves fall onto the roof and gutters. Left untended, leaves in the gutters can retain moisture that causes rust, as well as clogging. Gutter protection systems like Gutter Helmet® help prevent clogging by keeping practically any solid material off the gutters while keeping rainwater where it belongs. Combined with properly-pruned trees, Gutter Helmet gives you the peace of mind knowing you won’t ever have to clean your gutters again.

Infinity Home Improvements is your leading provider of Gutter Helmet, the gutter protection system with the best gutter guard reviews. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Wyoming, Michigan and surrounding areas.