If you own property, there's probably a little bit of Do It Yourself inside of you, wondering about how much tree care you can do to save yourself money and enrich yourself with new skills and accomplishments... And yes, there is quite a lot of tree care that you can do yourself.
First we must establish the boundary about what you may not do. And please, take it from the professional who sees the mistakes and the accidents of homeowners.
You can do it yourself if:
Dogwood before and after a light thinning. Note how natural the tree still looks...as if nothing had been done at all. The lower branches have been removed (less scarring to tree and person during mowing), and select branches have been removed to minimize over extended weight and to create a pleasing shape. This can all be done from the ground with hand pruners and a pole pruner. No chain saw required.
Don’t sign your tree up for experimentation. Incorrect pruning can mortally wound the tree or in the least, take several years to overcome.
You will want to hire a tree service if:
Pruning at ground level:
Coming soon--make a proper cut