Keeping your trees healthy
Trees are a beautiful addition to any home or business. Not only do they provide aesthetics to the exterior and shade for us to enjoy, and as we learned in science class, they provide clean oxygen for us to breathe too. However, like anything, too much of a good thing isn’t always good, and trees are no exception, which is why tree trimming is important.
The safest way to get your tree trimming done is to call a professional tree service or a professional arboricultural service. Because these are professionals and know how to trim trees without causing any damage to them, or anything around them, it can be expensive.
Because trees are a beautiful part of your home or business though, you need to look at any tree trimming cost as part of their upkeep. Kind of like having a new roof installed, or new tires on your car. Anything worth having will have some costs involved, including professional tree trimming.
It is understandable that sometimes the budget doesn’t have room for professional tree trimming, so doing it yourself is the only option other than letting them grow. However, doing this yourself can bring about concerns and questions, which we will explain and answer here.
What is the best time of year to trim trees?
When to do tree trimming is critical, and it is professionals that have studied and gained experience. Yes, you can trim any tree anytime you want, but to get the most from it, sometimes are better than others, and not all trees are the same.
How often should you trim a tree?
First, let’s qualify the different between tree pruning and tree trimming. Tree pruning is removing unnecessary branches. Tree trimming is done to promote healthy growth. These two services are not done at the same time of the year and different equipment is used. Both are needed to provide the aesthetics for your home and a healthier landscape.
With proper tree pruning and tree trimming, trees get what they need for a to grow strong and wean weak branches. For most trees, this should take place just before spring, giving them a clean slate for new growth. Because every tree has a different growth rate, tree pruning and tree trimming aren’t at the same time, but tree pruning for mature trees is between three to five years is the best timing. For younger trees, pruning is more frequent is recommended, every two to three years.
A certified arborist can help with the timing for tree pruning and tree trimming particular tree types and sizes. To maintain heathy trees, the current health, size, and type of tree should be considered. For instance, a fruit tree needs annual tree trimming to maintain a health production of fruit. Evergreen trees don’t need tree pruning for several years.
The time of year is an important factor for planning your tree pruning and tree trimming too. Most trees should be done during the dormant season after the leaves have fallen and before they return. Oak trees schedule is pruned on the same schedule as other trees, but because they can easily become infected, it is recommended to keep a strict schedule.
What happens if you over prune a tree?
Over pruning can cause extensive damaged, but as long as some canopy is left in place, over pruning isn’t deadly. Foliage is reduced when a tree is over pruned and that reduces the food source for the rest of the tree. The part that isn’t getting fed, it allows disease and pests to take over the tree. When the canopy is cut back too much, the rest of the tree sprouts excessively to protect the bark from sunscald and food production is increased.
Branches that have been over pruned become weak and unable to become replenished to fill the canopy. They aren’t able to tolerate ice or heavy winds and become easy prey for insects and pathogens to invade.
Will trimming a tree kill it?
Not when done correctly with the right tools. Tree trimming serves several purposes, but has to be done correctly:
- Encourage new growth
- Remove damaged and diseased branches
- Help flowers and fruit to flourish
Dull and Improper Tools
When tree trimming, it is important to use the proper tools in good condition so that you get the job done correctly. Dull tools won’t make clean cuts and could damage the tree by tearing the limbs off. To cut branches one inch or smaller, use a handsaw.
The Wrong Place
There are specific points where tree trimming is safe. This is at the bottom of the branch where it bulges, the branch collar. Next, at the raised section and tree trunk are fused together, the branch ridge, and cut close without slicing all the way through.
The Wrong Time
There are certain times of the year for tree trimming that creates minimal stress and allows the tree to heal fast. This is typical in early spring or the end of winter.
How do you trim tree branches?
There are proper techniques that will minimize any chance of damaging a tree:
- Trim off sucker limbs along the tree base.
- Remove any dead or dying tree branches.
- Prune any hazardous and unwanted tree branches.
- Remove damaged and weak tree branches.
- Trim back any overlapping tree branches that are rubbing together.
It may be tempting to leave your trees as they are, avoid tree trimming for fear of damaging or killing the tree. That is not doing the tree any favor and could put your home or those around the tree in danger. If you aren’t comfortable with tree trimming, call a certified arborist and or professional tree service. Call 817-975-0180 today!