When to Trim or Prune a Tree – Tree trimming is the key to a beautiful property, is the maintenance of its trees. During the year wind storms, ice and snow can take a toll on trees. Yearly you should take a survey of your trees, to determine how many broken, dead or damaged branch need attention. Trimming makes a tree more attractive and keeps them healthy.
Pruning also takes care of possible hazards of a dead branch falling and hurting a person or property. If you are familiar with the safety and techniques of pruning, you make want to take this on yourself. Most people work hard all week and would prefer a professional take care of this work.
Reasons for Tree Trimming
Trees are generally trimmed for appearance, safety or health of the tree. For example:
- Insects or disease
- Lightening heavy branches
- Branches blocking light
- Dead, or decaying branches
- Branches next to utilities or building
- Branches blocking street signs or walkways
Appearance – Tree trimming is a proven way to maintain the appearance of a tree. Pruning does not necessarily make the tree symmetrical, but will main the natural growth pattern or design of the tree.
Safety – Dead or broken branches and tree limbs can be a danger of snapping and falling on your family, friends, and strangers who walk or drive past your property. If not pruned it can be an accident waiting to happen.
Limbs – that block traffic signs or the right of way, need to be removed or cut back to allow unhindered vision. Limbs that grow close to utility wires can cause problems such as loss of lights or cable. The good news is, the utility provider will remove these hazards at no cost to the homeowner.
Health – It is sometimes possible to save an infected tree by strategically pruning away affected branches and limbs. Thinning the crown of a tree improves airflow, which can be very beneficial. If branches are crossing or rubbing together, they should be trimmed so that they don’t fall unexpectedly.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU TREE CARE PROFESSIONAL IS AND ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST!