Pruning and Caring for Your Treehouse Trees


Like any other tree in your landscape, a tree with a treehouse in it needs to be properly pruned and cared for. But unlike the other trees, your treehouse tree has additional demands on its structure. In addition, this tree is a bigger investment now that you've put all that work and expense into constructing a treehouse.

Here are some tips on keeping your treehouse trees well-pruned and cared for.

1. Allow for Future Tree Growth

Trees keep growing throughout their lives, and your treehouse tree is no exception. Even after it stops growing taller, a healthy tree will continually grow wider. You need to plan for your treehouse to live in harmony with this constant growth if you want the treehouse to last.

One way to do this is to avoid encircling any portion of the tree tightly. Leave several inches between the tree trunk and any part of the structure that surrounds it. If your current treehouse doesn't do this, you may be able to modify it to do so. Another way is by keeping the tree pruned into a good structural shape so that it's more likely to grow into a strong, healthy structure.

2. Keep Branches Away From Small Hands

Kids may pull on any twigs and branches they can reach. Since yanking a branch off a tree is more likely to result in potentially harmful bark tearing or jagged wounds than pruning it off cleanly, you may wish to preemptively remove any twigs and small branches that small kids could reach from the treehouse.

Your tree trimming expert can help to remove these branches in an efficient and safe manner.

3. Remove or Trim Back Other Trees

You probably want your treehouse tree to grow up into a fine specimen with well-rounded growth. If this is the case, you may need to remove or cut back any nearby trees that are competing for resources. This is especially the case if your tree is heavily shaded by other trees on one side, which could encourage it to grow lopsided as it reaches for the light.

4. Consider Adding Cables

Ask your tree trimming experts if your treehouse trees are at risk of becoming unbalanced. Whether because of weather, the load of the treehouse itself, or some other reason (such as reaching for light), the trees may not always grow symmetrically and they may need to be braced with cables at some point.

These tips can help you ensure your treehouse trees get the extra care and support they need to stay strong and healthy with the extra weight load and other demands that a treehouse places on them. For more information, contact your local tree trimming contractor to discuss the best maintenance and pruning schedule for your tree.


11 November 2020

Improving The Look Of Our Trees

After we moved into our house, we knew that something had to be done about our trees. The branches looked off-kilter, and we could tell that someone had pruned them incorrectly at one time or another. Unfortunately, we weren't really sure how to repair the damage. A family friend talked with us about hiring a professional tree trimmer, and so we called them the next day. The difference that they made was astounding. They removed dead branches, trimmed up the shape, and let more sunlight through. My blog is all about improving the look of your trees by hiring a professional.