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.
If you're handy, comfortable on a ladder, and have some basic tools, you can probably trim a mature tree yourself. After all, trimming a mature tree usually only involves removing a few dead or damaged branches. When it comes to younger trees, though, it's usually worth hiring a professional tree trimmer. This is because young shade trees — those under the age of 10 — need to be pruned in a very specific, precise way to ensure they grow up strong and attractive. Here's a closer look at why proper trimming is so important for young shade trees.
To ensure there is space under the crown
Shade trees work best when there is space underneath the crown. This way, you can actually walk under the tree and properly mow the lawn beneath it. To create space beneath the crown, the tree's lower branches need to be removed when it is young. The right time to remove these branches, and which branches to remove, depends on the particular tree. A professional can keep an eye on your tree and remove the branches when the time is right.
To ensure strength
As the young tree grows, your tree trimmer will remove any branches that are not strong. This includes any branches that are growing at an angle that would make them vulnerable to wind damage and breakage. A tree that is properly trimmed when it is young is less likely to lose a limb in a storm later on when it's a large tree — which is safer for you, your home, and your neighbors.
To quickly combat any disease
When a tree is young, it is not usually as hardy against the fungal and bacterial diseases that can affect trees. Plus, a disease can easily come to affect the whole tree when the tree only has a few branches. By having your young shade tree professionally trimmed, you ensure that any diseased branches get noticed and removed early on, hopefully before the disease has a chance to spread to the rest of the tree. This can mean a longer life for your tree, and it also reduces your chances of having to use more intensive disease-fighting measures, like fungicide sprays.
If you have young shade trees, definitely hire a professional to come to trim them. It may seem like a lot of work now, but it will pay off in the long run. One day, when your trees are mature, you can go back to doing the basic trimming on your own. For more information about tree trimming, contact a local tree service.