It is usually best to have a professional, such as those at R. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc., trim overhanging tree limbs for you because they will be able to trim both high and low limbs with ease. After they trim the limbs, you can ask to have them hauled away, or you can keep them. If you plan to grow a garden in the near future, ask to keep the limbs so that you can make unique row markers with the limbs. Use the following guide to learn how to make these one-of-a-kind markers quickly and easily at home.

Cut the Branches

The first thing you are going to need to do is cut the limbs into manageable sizes. When tree limbs are trimmed, they are trimmed to a length that keeps the branches out of the way of the driveway. The length of the limbs that are cut off of the tree is not taken into consideration because many times the limbs are simply disposed of and not used for anything amazing. You need to measure the limbs and cut them into smaller sizes. It is best to use the smaller branches that grow off of the larger limbs when making row markers so that they do not take up too much room in your garden.

Shave the Branches

Use a vegetable peeler to peel away some of the bark on one side of the branches. This will allow you to create a flat surface on which to paint the words you need to paint to make the row markers. Allow the shaved branches to dry out overnight before attempting to paint them. Tree branches often have water in them and will not be easy to paint until they dry.

Paint the Markers

Use a pencil to carefully write the names of whatever vegetables or fruits you plan to grow on the shaved areas of the branches. This will serve as a guide when you paint. Use a small paintbrush to apply acrylic paint over the pencil marks that you made. Allow the paint to dry for a few hours, and then spray the branches with polyurethane spray to protect them from the elements. Allow the spray to dry overnight.

Once the row markers are made, you will be ready to place them where they need to go in your garden. They will give your garden a rustic look and will serve a great purpose at the same time.