Trimming trees can be a pain, in more ways than one.

Some good advice so you won’t get hurt.

Getting ready to trim the trees in the backyard and what do you know my ladder is not as long as I thought it was.

I can get to some of the branches with my 6 foot A shaped ladder. I will climb up to the top of the ladder and grab a branch and then pull the branch down to a helper on the ground and then the helper can hold it down while I cut all of the upper most branches with a clipper. (not a chainsaw)

This works well for trimming trees that are like medium height. I got most of the trees trimmed this way without too much trouble.

Ok I have to warn you about using an extension ladder propped up on a branch, this is kind of dangerous and if your going to use an extension ladder to trim trees in the backyard you need to know this…

Make sure you have 3 feet more ladder above the branch you are leaning your ladder on. Because if you trim the branch your ladder is on, the branch will all of the sudden spring upward due to the fact that it’s not holding up all the weight it used to hold. It could spring up enough to go past the end of your ladder if you’re not aware this is going to happen and set your ladder too low. So be careful.

Now for the tougher trees. We have 7 or 8 trees in the backyard that are very tall, I’d say they are about 35 feet tall, but I’m just guessing. Some of the trees we are just going to cut down completely so I’m going to have to hire a tree service to cut the trees because it’s just too dangerous for me to do it.