Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

To-Do #5: Trim Back Trees and Bushes

Trimming your trees and hedges in the fall not only leaves you with less mess, it also improves the appearance of your shrubbery and can prevent or correct a safety hazard. While power tools are terrific (and a must for a large number of trees and bushes) most seasonal pruning and trimming can be taken care of with a few affordable hand tools.

Hand pruners, hedge trimmers, loping shears, and a pruning saw will take care of most small branches and limbs. First look for and remove dead or diseased limbs, then cut back excessive growth and trim the bush into the desired shape. Read our article on Basic Shrub Pruning Techniques to see how it’s done.

For taller trees and thicker limbs, consider calling in a professional especially if branches are dangerously close to power lines. You may also consider contacting your town or utility company, as major tree trimming may be their responsibility.


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9 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for all the homecare tips! Hubby and I are first-time homeowners as of May 2015 so we appreciate all the help we can get!

  2. I like to put one of those many calendars Organization send you On the side and use that as my maintenance calendar.
    It reminds me of what month I did things such as Maintenance/ installed items.
    And I use it as a reminder of when to do them again the following year.

  3. I’m so glad you mentioned eyeballing the roof! So many people skip over this task. Definitely look for any signs of issues before bad weather approaches. If there are missing shingles or serious cracks, it is crucial to get this area sealed and water-proofed. It’s also a good idea to make notes comparing what your roof looks like in fall and then the following spring so you have a good idea of how much wear and tear you have sustained over the season. And if you haven’t had a routine inspection from a roofer in some time, it definitely doesn’t hurt to get a professional set of eyes up there for you.

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