How do you keep your trees looking their best? Today, A Touch of Class Tree Service discusses everything you need to know about tree trimming to ensure your trees get the utmost attention and look their best for years to come. We can also provide superior services in many different areas and are professional arborists with extensive backgrounds and skills for maintaining and bringing longevity to your landscapes.
The importance of having trees on our planet is necessary for life, as we all know, and the importance of healthy trees is equally important to control infestations and decline of our precious and beautiful species of trees. Tree trimming is an inherently important factor in maintaining the health of all your trees or shrubs. But there is a science to how, when and why to trim trees.
Why do we need to trim our trees? First, pests and infestations spell danger. When a tree is damaged or untrimmed, it can invite unwanted pests to attack the tree even further which will lead to the trees death or decay eventually and could even spread to nearby trees, wreaking havoc on your entire yard.
Nutrients are necessary for plants, trees and shrubs to sustain life, when we do not trim the scraggly branches, sunlight is blocked from reaching areas of the tree, and the tree will suffer. Air flow is also needed to keep the tree vigorous and healthy from unwanted diseases. So, trim your tree down, and allowing in the sun and air.
Safety is another reason why you should keep low-lying tree branches trimmed and away from your home or possessions. Wind storms, ice damage and dead trees all pose big problems if the tree in question is close to your dwelling. Have the professionals assess the situation if you are uncertain about the tree in question and have them provide the best solutions.
How often should you trim trees? When it comes to everything you need to know about tree trimming, this is rather important! If you notice dead or damaged branches hanging from the tree, trim them immediately, so they don’t affect the healthier parts of the tree. The best time to trim a tree, in general, is in the winter or late fall when most of the leaves are gone. During winter, most of us do not want to battle the cold or the dangers of slipping and falling, so it is always suggested to hire a professional company, such as A Touch of Class Tree Service to do the job.
In any case, whether it is winter or summer, do not trim any tree if the weather is extremely intense, it will cause too much stress on the tree.
If you do decide to try trimming trees yourself, here is a 3-step program you can follow:
- Make the very first cut just about 1-2 ft. from the trunk of the tree. This cut starts underneath the limb and goes into it, but only about one-third of the way. This is a critical step in the process, so be sure you know and understand the procedure.
- Make the second cut just outside of the first cut, about another foot or two. This cut will be all the way through the branch. The branch is highly likely to break away as you saw through the limb, which is ok. Since you have made the first cut on the underside and closer in from the previous step, the bark will not continue to tear down into the tree trunk.
- The final cut is right at the branch collar where the branch meets the tree’s trunk. You will be looking for a flared area here. Make the final cut so that the flair is still noticeable afterward. If cut properly, this “flair” will heal over, eventually filling in with new bark and scar tissue. You’ll know the tree is healing correctly when you see a “doughnut” forming where you made the cut. And that is all there is to it!
A word on “bleeding”. There are some trees that ‘bleed’ excessively when cut. This is a type of sap oozing from the fresh wound, and it can look rather severe and unsightly, but rest assured, it causes no harm. Some trees that are especially prone to bleeding are beech, birch, elm, maple, and yellow wood.
How much does tree trimming cost? Well, depending on where you live, the size of the tree to be trimmed, and the risk factor involved, for example, is it near power lines, a home, or dangerous hill area, will factor into the price of the service. When hiring the professionals, be sure to tell them the situation and have them come out to see the extent of the job and give you a quote before deciding to move forward. Here are some tree trimming services that companies can provide:
Young Tree Pruning: experienced arborists will begin training young trees ranging from 10-15 feet in height which is essential for the long-term structure and health.
Evergreen Pruning: While pines and spruce trees require very little attention, especially in metropolitan areas, overgrowth can block passageways and sight lines. Evergreen shrubs often can acquire blight if neglected. This type of trimming is incredibly stunning and a great feature or focal price to any yard.
Dormant Tree Pruning: Certain trees, especially certain fruit trees, can only be pruned during the dormant season. Dormant pruning is also the best way to lessen emergency storm damage.
Now that you have everything you need to know about tree trimming and the importance of this necessary task, feel free to enlist the help of A Touch of Class Tree Service. There is no doubt your trees and landscaping will be the envy of the neighborhood. We look forward to providing excellent service at any time of the year for all your tree maintenance needs. Call or contact us today for a free quote on trimming, lot clearing, stump grinding, dangerous tree removal and more.