Most homeowners assume that tree trimming is simple and believe they can do it themselves over the weekend. Although, tree trimming is a very dangerous endeavor that claims at least 100 lives annually not to mention twice as many injuries. Without the right trimming tools and the knowledge of how to use them, tree trimming can be just as harmful to you as so the tree.
We are the area’s premier tree experts and we want to ensure that the trees on your property thrive. We always use advanced techniques when pruning, trimming and removing a tree to keep your plants safe and your property intact. While trimming your trees sounds simple, there are a few reasons Five Star Tree Services suggest that you leave it up to the professionals.
Avoid Tree Topping
Tree topping is one of the most harmful practices a homeowner can perform on a tree. Many tree care companies that are not properly trained also use tree topping as a pruning technique. This form of trimming cuts off the top of the tree, called the crown, with no forethought or care. When the top of the tree is simply cut off, especially when it is intended to limit growth, it can result in tree failure. Tree topping will trigger the branches to grow out to the sides as well as cause sprouts to form at the base of the tree. In addition, topping leaves a tree open to disease and pests that may have otherwise been repelled.
Trimming broken or dead limbs from a tree will help it grow stronger and look better. Cutting off branches that are healthy on the other hand can harm the tree and stunt its growth. A tree thrives on its many leaves and limbs. After all, it uses photosynthesis to survive. By removing branches randomly, you are removing the source of nutrition your tree needs to live healthy. It’s important to trim with purpose and trim mindfully for the long term health of the tree.
Tree Pruning Misconceptions
There is a lot more to trimming a tree than just cutting off branches. The untrained eye may miss the right time to cut overgrowth, or overcut and limit healthy regrowth. Cutting the trunk is one of the quickest ways to reduce the strength of a tree, but many untrained tree care providers and homeowners do just that. Branches that are flush against the trunk, called the collar are often removed which leaves a large wound. Without their collar, trees will have a hard time healing themselves and may be prone to insect infestations.
There is a time and place for tree trimming which changes from species to species. Regardless of what type of tree you have, trimming should never be completed in the middle of the summer or the winter. During extreme weather, trees have to work extra hard to survive. Cutting their branches, crowns, or leaves will reduce their ability to care for themselves. A tree should be trimmed at the end of seasons when the weather is mild unless a tree has been damaged or is diseased.
How We Can Help
As a homeowner, we understand your need to want to keep your property healthy and thriving. If you need help with your tree care, our arborists are here to help. At Five Star Tree Services, our team is ready to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding tree care. Give us a call at (416) 990-3355 today to find out more about our services and get an expert’s opinion on the best ways to care for your trees.