Why Tree Trimming Is So Important
When you purchase a piece of property with a beautiful tree, or even a tree that is clearly established and growing well on its own, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking it will take care of itself. Short of admiring it and making sure the local wildlife isn’t taking the bark off (so bad for any tree!), you can just sit back and enjoy and it will always be there. This however, is simply not the case. There are lots of things you need to do to ensure the health, vitality, growth and survival of your tree.
For example, you need to make sure it is getting the right amount of water, and that this water isn’t evaporating before the tree can soak it up (especially during summer months). You also need to make sure it doesn’t get too cold during the winter. Nutrients are another thing you must consider. Is the soil surrounding your tree nutrient rich? And finally, there is tree pruning — otherwise known as tree trimming.
Tree trimming is vital to your tree’s success. Think of it sort of like a haircut - when your hair starts to look kind of drab and isn’t growing as well as it used to, you go and get your hair trimmed. This cuts off both dead ends and split ends, thus revitalizing it and helping it to grow moving forward. It’s the same concept for trees. Regular pruning allows the tree to be rid of diseased or low preforming branches, as well as branches that are too heavy or are causing the tree to grow in a harmful way. In doing this, trees are able to funnel nutrients and the things they need to thrive into the parts of its “body” that are doing well.
Moreover pruning your tree can act as a safety precaution. Dead branches are more likely to catch fire or break off during a storm and cause damage to surrounding properties. Plus, pruning your trees opens up spaces for light to get through, which is not just good for lower hanging branches, but is also great for any plant life (including grass), below your tree. Finally, tree trimming makes your tree look nicer. Just like any new haircut, it gives it a boost and makes it look more polished as a whole.
That said, while it is important to regularly prune your trees, it’s not a good idea to try to do it by yourself. A professional (such as an Arborist or someone from a professional tree service company), will know what they are doing, and make it look nicer than you’d likely be able to. This is because they have been trained to know just how to cut each tree to make it look its absolute best.
Additionally, there is a fine line between a healthy trim and over trimming, and it can be hard to maintain this balance unless you are a professional. If you over trim your tree, you can actually end up severely harming it and even accidentally kill it, regardless of how healthy it was before. Therefore, it is better not to risk it and just hire a professional the next time you need your tree trimmed.
All in all, when it comes to the health of your tree, there is a lot you can and should do to ensure it remains a healthy and thriving being for years to come. Do note however, while trimming is essential, it does not need to happen every year. While it largely depends on what type of tree you have, as a general rule, you can count on timing an older tree every 3 to 5 years, a younger tree every 2 to 3 years and a fruit tree annually.
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