Tree Trimming Services Explained
Tree Trimming is the practice of removing undesirable branches and limbs from a tree. Tree trimming services include removing diseased, damaged, or dead limbs from old and young trees to ensure the safety of the property, landscaping, and the trees themselves.
What’s the difference between tree trimming and tree pruning?
It’s important to know that pruning and trimming are two separate jobs done at different times of the year. They use different types of equipment to get the job done and they both provide benefits to your trees and your property.
Tree trimming and tree pruning are both vital for shaping your landscape into something more aesthetically pleasing while also maintaining the health of the trees.
A good pair of shears may quickly chop through thin branches. When dealing with large units, a saw may be needed. Trimmers, shears, and saws deliver faster and better outcomes while reducing the total stress on the plant.
Pruning is normally done for the health of your trees. Obviously it will provide aesthetic upgrades but mostly it is done so that you can enjoy your tree for years to come.
During this process, it is good to try to remove shoots from the tree, otherwise known as tree suckers. To preserve the health of your tree, it is a good idea to remove these shoots or suckers as soon as you see them. It will help your tree live a stress-free life.
Trimming takes place during springtime weeks, using lighter tools such as loppers and hand saws for removing smaller limbs. Tree trimming also supports the health of trees, shrubs, and hedges but usually, tree trimming is performed for appearance, safety, and to create a nicer landscape.
Commercial businesses often reduce the number of trees on their site to make it more inviting to customers. They will also take heed of any power lines or fallen branches if they are concerned with safety.
Why is tree trimming necessary?
There are 4 main reasons why tree trimming is important to your property. Whether or not your property is residential or commercial the following factors play a huge role in why we feel that keeping your trees trimmed and in the right shape.
- Tree Appearance
- When you see a sick-looking tree you know it. You can tell it’s on it’s way out. However, if you take care of your tree from early on, you will likely never get to this point. Some simple tree trimming maintenance over the years could add more longevity to the beautiful look of your trees.
- When tree branches get out of control they pose some safety concerns. For your property and also for your neighborhood. When tree limbs approach power lines or have fallen onto the road they can be a hazard to nearby houses or your own. Keeping your limbs trimmed during the life of your tree will reduce the risk of safety issues in the long run.
- Tree Health
- Trimming for tree health usually goes by the term tree pruning. However, keeping your branches and limbs in check will also help the health of the tree.
- Property Appearance
- You know it when you see it. All the trees in the front are well kept and uniform. The yard is free from dead branches and overgrowth from roots. Keeping up with your trees adds a ton of curb appeal to a property. If that property is a commercial property it will be more inviting to potential customers.
How much of a tree can you trim?
Tree trimming should be uniform across the tree since the aim is not to alter the actual size or shape of the tree, rather to give it back its natural shape. When reducing the overall density of a tree, the amount of tree to remove is crucial to not damaging the tree.
Remove a maximum of 20% of the tree branches from the canopy edge of the tree. You should remove 1 to 4-inch diameter ends of large branches from more giant trees.
On the other hand, smaller trees are treated differently. You will only want to trim one-quarter to one-half inch in thickness for ornamental landscaping trees and fruit trees.
Pruning the Crown
Pruning the crown to eliminate branches with particular living crowns helps decrease the tree’s overall thickness. Thinning is most often done on older trees, and there are many varieties, including pinching and partial thinning. It helps improve the penetration of sunlight and promote air circulation. By pruning the crown, you can significantly alleviate tension from exposure to gravity, wind, ice, or snow.
What is the best time to trim your trees?
As early as the end of the season for the changing leaves in the autumn and the time when flowers blossom in the spring, your trees need regular maintenance. Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for pruning or trimming trees. Spring is the time to speak with an arborist about pruning. Typically, tree pruning cycles are 3 to 5 years, however, factors such as the tree’s type, size, and health have a hand in determining which cycle would best suit your tree.
Is it OK to trim trees in the summer?
Absolutely. Some trees are trimmed best in the middle of summer. The majority of trees need a long period of winter dormancy before their buds will be ready for heavy trimming.
As the growing season advances, limbs may get excessively heavy or lengthen and cause obstruction on your property. While breaking the lowest branches off a tree, ensure that you only cut the stems under the tree trunk.
Can trimming a tree kill it?
While over-trimming and pruning can lead to problems that are not good for a tree, technically doing so in itself will not kill your tree. For example, exposing the tree by removing foliage invites pests to get to the trunk. The added stress caused by new exposure could over time weaken your tree and lead to its demise.
However, proper maintenance and taking the correct steps when trimming your trees will always be good for your property and, if done correctly, will actually increase the chances of survival for your tree.
Can trees grow new branches?
Unpruned branches will not re-sprout if they are removed. The pruning cut is left alone to heal and to allow the tree to develop a callus on the wound, protecting the tree from decay and infection.
There is normally no need to use a pruning sealer because trees tend to recover on their own.
The only way branches may not come back is if they are cut incorrectly. These little twigs sprouting from the top of your tree indicate that your tree requires assistance.
Tree trimming services are critical for enhancing the attractiveness of formal plants and assisting with landscape upkeep. We specialize in advocating for aesthetic tree maintenance for mature trees whose distinctive shape has eroded. This critical tree care technique assists in establishing the desired division architecture and structural rigidity in your young trees.