Trees create beauty, shade, and privacy in your yard. Some trees can provide fruit while others are havens and nourishment for the many creatures you share your land with. However, trees of all ages and types also require special care including routine tree trimming service. Trimming can include cutting off branches to ensure healthy growth or safety, reachable fruit for your whole family during the harvest season, and shaping the tree to best complement the aesthetics of your landscape. While tree pruning is different, there are three primary reasons for tree trimming: safety, the health of the tree, and for aesthetics.
Safety is the number one reason regular tree trimming services should happen. It’s often best to do this in the spring after winter storms and snowfall have passed and stop being a threat to damaged branches. If any branches are liable to fall on people or buildings, they should be removed. Sometimes this is difficult for a non-expert to assess, which is why bringing in tree trimming professionals is always the best approach.
Trimming away dead and diseased branches doesn’t only provide safety—it’s also essential for the health of the tree. Some property owners think trees can “take care of themselves” and in many regards they can. However, if you’ve ever seen a dead or dying tree before, it’s clear that sometimes trees need our help. Making sure any dead and diseased branches are removed through trimming will help strengthen the structure of the tree and protect the non-affected areas.
Of course, for many property owners the aesthetic of their trees is at the heart of tree trimming. Professional trimming can highlight the structure of the tree and improve fruit and flower production. If a tree is growing so big that it overpowers the rest of the landscape or the house, tree trimming can help keep it in check.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trimming trees once per year when they’re dormant is ideal. Dormancy will vary greatly based on your exact location, the weather in the past few months, and of course the tree itself. Most trees remain dormant until early to mid-spring. There are exceptions, and immediate trimmings may be recommended if tree growth becomes a hazard, the limbs are getting in the way of powerlines, or if the tree is growing beyond your property and putting others at risk.
As you can see, there are many situations where the average property owner might not feel comfortable trimming their own trees. Personal safety is key when tree trimming, especially when trimming trees near power lines. The safest option is to only trust a professional tree trimmer with all of your needs—whether it’s a routine annual trimming or an emergency situation.
However, for those who do trim the trees themselves, it’s usually best to only trim branches less than two inches in diameter. Branches between 2 – 4 inches are high-risk, and branches over 4 inches in diameter should be reserved for a pro. For more information on tree trimming or to schedule a professional visit, contact Timber Ridge Tree Service today.