The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care
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The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.


The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

Pruning Techniques for Healthy Trees

Lynn Lee

Healthy landscape trees depend on regular pruning, no matter their age or size. Annual trims can prevent injury to you or your property, as well as injury to the tree. Further, with regular pruning your trees will be healthier, suffer fewer problems, and be easier to care for. The following are some trimming methods that may benefit your tree.

Deadwood Removal

Deadwood in the canopy is dangerous. A dead branch can come crashing down, crushing property or causing a major injury. Even if no one is hurt, the process of the branch breaking can damage other healthy branches in the canopy. A trimming service will remove the dead, dying, and badly damaged branches during a normal late winter or early spring prune. It can be difficult to do this on your own, because to the untrained eye a dead branch can look the same as a dormant branch.

Crown Lifting

Trees planted along sidewalks, roads, or near the house can develop a troublesome habit -- low branches that impede traffic or scrape against the roof. There is a fix for this problem -- crown lifting. Your tree trimming professional will carefully prune out the lower tier of branches, effectively lifting the height of the crown and lengthening the bare trunk. This type of pruning must be done with caution so that the crown remains balanced and lush.

Canopy Thinning

A thick, leafy canopy may seem like the sign of a healthy tree, but it can actually lead to problems. An overly dense canopy reduces the amount of air circulation and sunlight that reaches individual leaves and branches, which can lead to disease and pest infestation. Further, a dense canopy is more likely to have branches that rub together, which can cause damage to the wood and also open the tree up to disease. A tree trimmed can carefully remove a few branches to open up the canopy so it is healthy.

Size Reduction

If your tree is growing into power lines, then size reduction is possible in a limited manner. You don't want to simply cut the top flat to shorten the tree. Instead, a tree trimmer will carefully cut back the branches while still maintaining the natural healthy shape of the canopy. Generally, a tree branch can be cut back by up to a third of its length without any problems, so it's a good idea to have size reduction pruning done annually so the branches never become too long.

Contact a tree trimming service in your area for more assistance with your tree care needs.