Branches that are too close to your roof should be trimmed because if they’re not trimmed, they can break off during a storm and damage your roof and shingles. Here are some tips for properly trimming your branches:

  • Trim branches at the collar: Make cuts just outside the collar of the branch. The collar is the swollen area of the branch where the branch meets the trunk. This helps to minimize the damage done to the tree.
  • Assess the risk: Evaluate the size, condition, and proximity of the branches near your roof. 
  • Avoid tearing: To prevent tearing the bark, make clean cuts without leaving any stubs. Stubs allow diseases and pests to enter and damage the tree.