Tree Care: 5 Important Reasons to Trim those Limbs

Whether you’re a home owner or renter, you probably have a few trees in your yard. Trees can add great value to your home. They provide adequate amounts of shade, bring the local wildlife, and are just appealing to the eye. But sometimes they get a little out of control and your green thumb might not be enough. Your landlord might hire an arborist to take this task off your hands or they may work out an agreement that would leave you responsible for the yard work. While you’re getting the hedges trimmed and mowing the lawn, get your tree limbs trimmed as well. Whether it’s hurricane season or rainy season, let a professional take care of those pesky limbs.

Seasonal Pruning

Summer and winter (YES, even South Florida gets a cold front during the winter months!) pruning are prime times to take care of business. Pruning in the summer allows you to direct the growth of the branches you want to grow and correct the defective limbs that are easily noticeable during this season. Winter is a pretty normal season for pruning and is beneficial if you’re looking for rapid and vibrant growth during the spring.

Floral Vibrancy

Pruning regularly allows the trees to show their best. If you’re planning to enhance the flowering, prune trees in the spring when flowers start to fade. For mid to late summer trees and shrubs, pruning should take place early spring and winter.

Healthy Growth

Believe it or not, insects and decaying organisms thrive on diseased and damaged trees, so regular pruning and removal of dead limbs helps eliminate this problem. When you thin a canopy on a tree you are encouraging sunlight and airflow to occur fluently, lessening your chances for damage. Older trees have a tendency to split and become weaker with age. Remove crotches that cause tearing and breakage in limbs. Criss-crossing branches interfere with healthy limb growth as well, rubbing against each other. Combat this issue by untangling the limbs during pruning. Lastly, branches that are equally dominant tend to grow straight up at the top of the tree, creating equal dominance. This usually allows both branches to be susceptible to heavy winds and breakage. Healthy trees should have one dominant branch at the top to prevent splitting and tearing.

Safety

Regularly scheduled pruning prevents hazards such as low growing branches or branches that are easily in the way of a storm that could lead to sidewalk or road blockage. Pruning allows a strong tree structure so that if a storm were to hit, the tree would hold tact.

Desired Tree Growth

You can control the length of your tree limbs by a simple pruning. Whether you desire less or fuller growth, regular pruning can either stimulate or restrict sparse areas.

Call the Professionals

Even if you’re experienced, sometimes we need the services or a trusted arborist to get the job done correctly. Contact your local expert for a tree trim estimate today!

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