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Trimming Trees and Cleaning up Leaf and Plant Debris on Your House and Yard

A part of every homeowners’ responsibilities is minding their landscape. Maintenance tasks like trimming trees, cleaning up leaves, and weeding your garden are all necessities to keep your home looking great. However, they can feel like more than an ordinary chore. Here are some helpful tips to make your job much easier.

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Trim During the Dormant Season

One of the best tips you can get regarding tree trimming is to trim during the dormant season. This time is when your trees naturally go into a state of preservation. Instead of exerting energy to grow bigger, your trees will stop growing and conserve their energy until better growing weather comes around. When you trim during the dormant season, you don’t have to worry about the tree branches regrowing. If you trim during the non-dormant season, the branches may start regrowing.

Preparation Is Key

Many homeowners go into trimming their trees without thinking about the cleanup that follows. Do yourself a favor and consider prepping your space for easier cleanup. Seamless gutter systems are a great investment that can keep excess tree trimming debris and leaves from entering your gutter during the trimming process. Instead, the debris simply exits to the ground. This debris is much easier to clean up when on the ground than when in the gutters of your home.

Use the Right Equipment

While many of our financial situations don’t allow us to just go out and buy endless amounts of equipment to make performing our home tasks easier, some pieces of equipment are vital to invest in. A pole saw is one of these pieces. When you’re dealing with trimming tree branches, you want to ensure your safety while doing so. A pole saw is a great tool that allows you to easily reach branches without having to be close. If you can’t afford this much-needed tool, consider renting one from your local hardware store.

Use A Bagger on Your Lawnmower

Raking up leaves and bagging them may seem like an enormous task. Instead of putting it off, make it easier for yourself by getting a bagger for your mower. Garden supply companies make bags for both pushmowers and riding mowers. Then, set the height of your cutting blade to just below the surface height of your grass. Mow over your lawn and simply empty the bag as it gets full.

Trimming trees and cleaning up leaves around your home can seem like a difficult task. When you implement the tips above, it will feel much easier to do. You’ll be more likely to keep up with the landscaping needs of your home and feel good while doing so.


Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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