How did this tree get big!!!?!

So many of my clients are surprised that the little sapling they planted is now a huge tree. It's important when you plan your garden and start planting trees to understand how big they will grow and to keep them maintained in a way that supports how you use your garden. Arborists can help your tree grow in the shape and direction that you want so that the garden is perfect for your family. My blog has tips for the home owner on keeping your tree healthy and, of course, tips on when to use an arborist to get the perfect result.

Are Tree Branches Hanging Over Your Roof? Here's What You Should Do


Trees can provide the much-needed shade from the scorching sun during the summer months while adding a beautiful natural look and feel to your home's exterior. However, they can become a pain when some of their branches overgrow and hang over your roof. Tree branches can scrape against the roof's shingles and damage it. Also, when the leaves fall on your gutter, they can lead to mold, degrade the gutters, and cause leaks. Here you will learn how to deal with the hanging tree branches before they cost you for roof and gutter repairs.

Determine the tree's owner 

Before taking any measures to handle the hanging branches, you should establish the owner of the tree. Is it yours or your neighbor's? If the tree is yours, taking care of the situation should be relatively easy and uncomplicated. However, if it's your neighbor's tree whose branches are hanging over your roof, you will need to take a few measures before addressing the problem.

Most often, you have the right to trim tree branches that have extended onto your property. However, before doing it, consider talking to your neighbor about it so that they can be aware of the actions you are going to take. This will avoid any disagreements or collisions. If you can't come to an agreement, consider involving the local authority so that they can make a decision based on the regulation in place regarding property boundaries.

Inspect the branches

Once you have received the green light to trim the hanging branches, you need not be hasty about the procedure. Going into the process without a plan can cause costly damage to your roof. First, inspect the branches so that you can determine their size and the best way to cut them. Use a ladder and observe safety to avoid hurting yourself. Small branches are always the easiest to trim. However, if they are large, a lot of care should be taken to get rid of them while protecting the roof.

Trim the branches

Small tree branches can be cut using shears. Choose a suitable angle that will prevent the pieces from falling on your roof. Consider getting help from a friend or family member for efficiency. On the other hand, if the branches are large or bulky, you should seek the services of a professional tree care company. They should have advanced tools and techniques to trim the overhanging branches without them falling on your roof and damaging it.


7 March 2017