Trees make any landscape look great. If you need to liven up an area, you can just plant some trees and let nature take its course. The result will always make everyone happy. Over time though, trees can become hazardous as they grow and decay.
In the wild, nature handles all tree maintenance tasks on its own, but to keep your landscaped trees safe and aesthetically pleasing to all who walk by, you will need some high-level tree trimming services. However, you cannot simply cut a few branches.
Tree pruning must be done with an understanding how trees will respond to each cut. Improper tree cutting can damage the tree for its entire life leading to worse problems down the road.
Reasons for Tree Trimming
You should never do tree trimming without a plan. Each branch you cut will affect how your tree grows in the future. Tree cutting should only be done as needed. Tree maintenance can eliminate many potential problems, but you should only trim as much as you need. If you remove too much, you can rob your tree of precious nutrients. You’ll be basically starving the tree to death.
Other reasons for pruning trees include increasing air flow and the amount of light that can pass through to the landscape below. With the right tree pruning service and tree care, people and trees can coexist in any environment.
When Is The Best Time To Trim or Prune Trees?
This is a question that our tree specialists are asked about quite frequently. In most cases (and for most tree species native to Virginia) it is during the winter months, between November and March, that are the ideal time for trimming and pruning because trees are dormant during that time.
It's also easier for a tree trimming company to prune trees when the surrounding vegetation has receded so the arborist has a clear view of the tree's trunk and branches without leaves or other growth hindering access or visibility.
Furthermore, there is less chance of insect infestation or a pruning wound contracting a disease during dormant months.
Proper Tree Trimming
Tree trimming should only be done outside the branch collar. You never want to damage the collar as it controls the health of your tree. You only want to cut beyond it even if it’s connected to a dead limb or trunk. You need to undercut large limbs before you trim them to reduce their weight and to prevent the possibility of tearing the bark.
Tree Trimming Techniques
Tree trimming techniques come in many forms to handle different needs. Each one is needed to maintain a mature tree in a healthy, safe, and attractive condition.
- Crown cleaning removes branches and limbs that may be dying or diseased
- Tree thinning allows more light and air movement through the tree’s crown
- Crown raising removes limbs from lower on the tree to provide clearance for vehicles, buildings and pedestrians
- Crown reduction helps to reduce the size of the tree while keeping it structurally sound
How Much Tree Pruning You Need?
Your trees sizes, species, and age will determine how much of it you need to trim. For instance, you can trim more from younger trees than you can for older, more mature ones. Also, trees recover from small trims faster than from large ones. Either way, you want to avoid over trimming your trees. You want to maintain an even distribution of foliage along large limbs and in the lower portion of the crown. For the most part, you want to leave old trees alone. Mature tree trimming should only be reserved for emergencies such as when they become hazardous.
Dressing Open Wounds
Tree specialists everywhere agree that you should never cover up tree trimming wounds. Tree wound dressings do nothing for the tree. If you need one for cosmetic reasons, you should only use thin, nontoxic materials.
Hiring Tree Trimming Services
Speaking of tree experts, except for the most simplest of trims, you should hire a tree trimming service to handle your tree pruning needs. Large tree trimming projects can be dangerous. The limbs can fall on you. You can fall off your ladder. If you need to trim trees above ground, need power equipment, or next to utility lines, you will need to hire a professional tree trimming service.
Genesis Tree Service can assess your exact tree trimming needs to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. Tree care experts also have the training, tools, required safety equipment, and liability insurance to handle all your tree trimming needs.
Northern Virginia Service Areas
|Ashburn / Sterling||Burke||Centreville||Culpeper|