Many homeowners ignore the need for tree trimming, thinking it's unnecessary, burdensome, and costly. These homeowners later regret their decisions after witnessing the death of their trees, wishing they should have just called for a tree trimming service. Trees need proper care and maintenance, too, both for the sake of the property and the homeowners.
What Are Tree Trimming and Pruning?
Although trimming and pruning are used interchangeably, there are differences between the two. Trimming applies to small shrubs and hedges. The goal here is to cut overgrown branches to maintain them. On the other hand, pruning applies to trees and shrubs. The goal here is to remove unwanted branches to improve the structure and enable new and healthy growth. However, the two techniques are basically the same, having a healthy and aesthetically appealing tree as the end result.
When to Trim/Prune
The best time to trim and prune trees is during its dormant season, which is during the winter months. During this season, they are less susceptible to insects, and spotting unwanted branches is easy because there are no leaves to obstruct the view. Also, trees heal faster, and pruning them during the winter months prepares them for the upcoming spring.
However, if there is an upcoming storm in the area and the branches can fall off, pruning is needed much earlier to avoid property damage. Once the branches become hazardous, pruning is advised.
Why Is Tree Trimming Important?
There are several reasons as to why tree trimming is needed. First, they benefit not only the trees, the landscape of the whole property, and the homeowners but also the safety of other people.
1. Appearance of the tree and the landscape
Trimming enables the fruition and flowering of the trees, making them look good and pleasing to the eye.
Trimming can also make the whole landscape look good as well by enabling the growth of the grasses and flowers living under the trees by letting in the sun and rain.
2. Health of the tree
Trimming and pruning is best advised for infected trees. Removing affected branches can prevent the further spread of infection and the death of the tree.
Thinning the crown, which is one technique in trimming, can give better airflow to the tree, which further encourages healthy growth.
3. Safety for homeowners and other people
The main reason for pruning is to avoid future injuries and property damage caused by fallen branches. In addition, dead branches, diseased trees, and weak limbs must be addressed because they pose a threat to the homeowner's safety. Overgrown trees can also be obstructions in the road and can cause vehicle accidents.
Proper Tree Trimming
Tree trimming requires proper equipment and knowledge of several techniques in trimming and pruning. Assess first as to which branches need to be removed before going on to the pruning.
1. Crown thinning
As mentioned earlier, crown thinning promotes better airflow to the tree by removing branches that are crossing together or are secondary.
2. Crown raising
If the tree obstructs street signs, removing the tree's lower branches is the technique to adopt.
Sometimes tall trees can become an obstruction to utility lines as well, so their height must be reduced to give way to them.
The techniques and equipment needed vary according to the type of tree that needed trimming. If the tree is diseased or is infested by insects, it would be best to hire professionals to do the job. Tree trimming services not only have the right tools needed for trimming and pruning, but they also have the knowledge as to which technique best suits your trees and plants. Leave it to the experts.
Getting Started With St. Pete Tree Service
If you are looking for a professional tree service company, look no further than St. Pete Tree Service. We have been serving St. Peter's and the surrounding areas for over ten years. Give us a call at 636-278-9711 for a no-obligation quote.
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