For the average home or property owner, it can be tough to know when your trees are in need of a trim. Nobody is born with an innate ability to understand horticulture or when trees are feeling ready for their next haircut, we can only go by experience and knowledge of how that particular trees copes with its naked branches come summer.
Often people will put off trimming their trees because they can’t bare to see the branches without foliage as sometimes trees can look “dead” after a big prune. We hear this a lot at Independent Tree Services, but let us assure you there are plenty of ways that your trees can benefit from just a simple, fine pruning or an overall crown-reducing trim.
Here Are 6 of the Top Reasons to Prune or Trim Your Trees
- Proper trimming can improve the health of your tree(s) by removing branches that are dead or dying. These branches are often dangerous, and removing them reduces the risk of harm to your family and damages your property. This will also prevent further decay.
- Improves the overall appearance and structure of the tree, keeping it from developing broad or weak branches. Trimming prevents limbs from growing with weak, or eventually crossing each other and competing for space.
- Trimming your tree(s) will increase sun exposure and air circulation throughout the tree and underlying landscape, which will improve the tree’s health.
- Pruning fruit trees can actually improve the size and quantity of the crop. Fruit trees should be pruned in late winter for shape and to expose the center of the tree to sunlight.
- Newly planted trees should be pruned to compensate for root loss and to begin training the tree for shape.
- Tree trimming can also simply open up your property and improve your view.
There are four types of tree trimming:
- This is something every gardener can learn as its as simple as removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance.
- This is done to enhance the tree’s branch structure. It involves a bit heavier cutting with tools such as a hedge trimmer and depending on the size of the tree or bush, may need to be performed by a professional.
- Independent Tree Services specialise in hazard trimming as it is recommended for trees that pose safety concerns. This typically involves removing branches that are two inches or more in diameter.
Crown Reduction Trimming
- This usually involves the removal of major branches, and should only be done by a professional.
- We hear of these cases after there is significant dieback, storm damage, or when branches are interfering with power lines.