I was thinking of a good title for this post about tree trimming, and I immediately thought of Johnny Appleseed. He LOVED trees. But then my thought process took me to the fact that Johnny actually planted trees, he didn’t really trim them. So then I tried to think of a different way to tie Johnny Appleseed in to my post, and realized again that he liked Apple trees- hence his name. Our front yard boasts a weeping cherry tree. Strike two. No planting trees. No apple trees. At this point I ran to the computer and googled Johnny Appleseed. Wikipedia popped up first, and as we all know wikipedia has the most reliable information, I started reading about Johnny. He did a lot of planting and keeping orchards in tip-top shape, getting the word out on those apple trees. I didn’t see any specific mention of tree trimming, but let’s all assume that Johnny really did do some trimming of trees.
With that being said, I was Tina Appleseed this weekend. I got to trim my weeping cherry tree! Luckily one of our neighbors down the street has the same tree and we saw that they trimmed their tree, so naturally we thought trimming ours would be a good idea. And let me tell you, I have the sore forearms to prove the trimming took place! I guess I need to start working out my forearms and hand muscles. I could barely lift a drink to my mouth with one hand- I was that weak after tree trimming. I bet Johnny had super buff hands and forearms.
I should have researched how to trim trees before I started, but it was threatening rain and decided just to dig right in. So I did. It actually went pretty well- there are no large, gapping holes in the tree and it doesn’t seem to have lost all the leaves over night, so those must be good signs that I did it correctly! Basically anything that was about shoulder height or below I trimmed off. I made sure to cut the branches close to the supporting branch so it wouldn’t look uneven or grow back funny. So far we haven’t had any neighborhood complaints, which is always a good sign. Happy tree trimming!