When it comes to proper tree care and maintenance, one of the essential aspects is tree pruning. The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) advises tree owners to properly prune their trees because:
“ A pruned tree is a happy and healthy tree, it allows for proper growth and a strong immune system.”
The best way to go about pruning trees on your property is to have a tree expert or arborist come in and assess your trees. These professionals are trained to seek out trees that are dying, diseased or pose a potential hazard. Once your trees have been assessed, then it can be determined as to how much is to be removed and which branches and limbs need to go. It’s also extremely important to note, that trees are only capable of having up to one third of their branches removed in-order to survive. For example, a tree cannot handle having its top removed. The lifeline of the tree is the main trunk and by removing the top you leave the tree susceptible to the elements and pests such as insects and rodents. Trees need the majority of their canopy to remain intact in-order for them to stay strong and healthy. Treehelp.com suggests;
“when deciding to prune a tree, as little as possible, is the best rule of thumb.”
Once the assessment is completed, the arborist will determine exactly how the tree is to be pruned. First, safety is taken into consideration. Does the tree or portion of the tree pose a risk to the property or individuals? Are there any sections of the tree that do or will interfere with powerlines and wires? These are the most important determining factors when it comes to pruning your trees. The arborist will consider the health of the tree. Are there any dead branches or limbs? Does the tree show any signs of decay or disease? Majority of the time when these factors are present the tree professional will also consider once those limbs are removed what will be left to the remaining tree and will the tree be able to maintain its health. Then the overall aesthetics come into play, what will the tree look like when they are finished? Certainly, we still want the tree to look appealing.
The final determining factor is the time of year. The best time to have your trees pruned is in the fall and winter. This is when trees go dormant and with all the leaves gone makes it a lot easier to see exactly how healthy or sick a tree really is.
When it comes to tree pruning it’s both an art and a science in regards to maintaining the integrity of the trees. As well as, adhering to what is best for the property and customer’s needs. Trees are large, heavy and always much bigger once they are on the ground. It’s important to hire a professional that is experienced with tree pruning. Branches, limbs and trees fall certain ways and all too often inexperienced novices who attempt to take down a tree or limb can very quickly and easily cause injury or damage. Once a tree is down it’s down.
Contact us for a free no obligation estimate. This is a great time to have your trees pruned, when going into the winter before a heavy storm hits you don’t want to have to worry about any branches or trees falling and causing havoc to your property.