Time to Trim and Prune Your Trees

Once the leaves have fallen from your trees, it is a perfect time to get to work trimming and pruning. Fall is a great time to remove limbs that are showing signs of disease or thin out branches that have become too dense. Before the colder, more volatile weather of winter hits, take the time to give your trees the trimming they need. Here are a few good reasons why:

  • Dead branches and “widow makers” should be removed before a storm hits. Those branches are likely to come loose and fall during a storm, possibly causing injury or property damage.
  • Thinning the crown of the tree can help reduce pest problems. Thick branches can make a safe haven for insects and other pests; reduce the thick branches for increased health.
  • Remove any branches touching your home. Not only do these branches pose a risk for damage during a storm, they give pests access to your house. This includes fungus and mildew that can damage your siding or roof.
  • Pruning can improve the health of your trees while helping monitor their growth. Expert pruning can enhance the shape and beauty of your trees.
  • Improve your view by removing branches that are blocking your line of sight. This includes aesthetic views as well as views of your driveway and other access points to your property for security purposes.

Trimming and pruning trees can benefit your trees and your property, but it should be done by a professional. Removing large limbs can be hazardous and you want to ensure you are not harming your trees accidentally. Call your local tree service to perform your fall pruning for your safety and the health of your trees.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Spring Tree Limb Removal

Winter storms may have left your yard a mess of branches, leaves and other debris. With summer just around the corner, now is the time to spring clean your yard. While raking up the debris may be easy enough, it is not just the branches on the ground that you need removed. Above your head, there may be branches and limbs just waiting to come crashing down in the next storm.

Inspecting Your Trees for Damage

The last winter was severe in many regions, with colder temperatures and more storms than average. This extreme weather may have compromised some of the branches and limbs on your trees, leaving many of them ready to fall. It is important to inspect your trees to identify any branches that may be hazardous and have them removed before they cause damage or injury.

When doing spring yard clean up, inspect all your large trees for dead branches. Look for limbs that are separated from the tree, yet still entangled in other branches. Also inspect for limbs that are no longer producing needles or leaves; these may be still attached even though they are no longer alive. Dead branches can break loose in a storm and become very dangerous if they become air borne.

Tree limbs can be very heavy and need professional assistance to have them removed, especially when they are still partially attached. Your local tree service can safely remove these dead limbs and branches, plus many offer yard debris clean up and removal. This is also a good time to have them inspect the health of your trees to look for signs of infestation or disease, ensuring your trees are healthy for the summer ahead.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Best Times to Start Pruning Your Trees

Pruning trees is important to their health and safe growth. Regular pruning can, when properly performed, remove dead branches with the potential to fall and cause damage to your property, as well as enhance the beauty and growth of your trees. However, some times of the year are better for pruning than others, depending on the tree and what you’re trying to achieve. As spring approaches, now is the time to start planning your tree pruning for the year. 

Late Winter Pruning

Most trees can safely be pruned in late winter, usually between February and March, without affecting their health. This is generally the ideal time to prune, since spring will promote new growth and will help the tree heal from the pruning. It’s best to wait until the coldest months have ended, right before the weather starts warming for spring.

Spring and Summer Pruning

In some cases, spring or summer pruning can be beneficial. To direct or dwarf growth, pruning in the summer is best, after the blooming period of spring. To increase blooms, either prune after the tree blooms in early summer, or in early spring for trees that bloom in the summer.

Avoid Fall Pruning

In most cases, fall is the time to avoid pruning your trees. Cutting branches right before the winter can leave them open to damage from frost or freezing temperatures.

If you have a wide variety of trees in need of pruning, they may need to be done at different times of the year between late winter and mid-summer. Contact your local tree service professional to find out the best time to schedule a tree pruning appointment for all of your trees this year.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Preventative Tree Limb Removal

As the winter storms roll through, there’s bound to be some damage done to trees in your area. There are countless numbers of trees that come crashing down during the winter, some causing extensive damage to homes, or worse, resulting in injuries. Often, limbs are only damaged in one storm, waiting for the next to hit and send those damaged limbs flying. In between storms, homeowners can protect their home and family from tree limb damage or injury with preventative tree limb removal. 

What to Look For

After a big storm, there’s usually a mess for homeowners to clean up. Scattered sticks and patio ornaments may be strewn across the lawn, along with large tree branches. When you’re cleaning up ater a storm, don’t just focus on the ground; take a moment to look up and determine what damage may be lurking in the trees above. 

Often, tree limbs will be completely severed from the tree to which they belong, but still caught in the surrounding branches. It only takes one big wind storm to throw these branches from the tree, sending them hurtling into your roof, car or child. Instead of waiting for the inevitable, take preventative steps to remove those dangerous loose limbs before they cause any damage. 

Keep in mind, many of these larger limbs can weight hundreds of pounds, and may be hazardous for you to remove on your own. For your own safety, call in a tree removal specialist to discard of large branches. They can safely remove all loose limbs and inspect your trees to ensure they can safely withstand the next storm. The cost of preventative removal is a fraction of the cost of repairing property damage resulting from a broken tree limb moving at high speeds in strong winds, certainly worth the investment. 

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Professional Tree Pruning

There are number of reasons to prune trees, including the removal of deadwood and to thin out the tree canopy by removing excessive growth.  However when pruning a tree it is critical that the work be done properly in order to avoid slowly killing the tree.  While it may seem to be just a matter of grabbing the chain saw and cutting, the work is actually delicate and requires proper planning on when the pruning should occur, as well as the extent that the tree should be trimmed.  An improperly pruned tree can cause the tree to be susceptible to disease and insect infestation due to stress. 

The general rule of thumb is that no more than one fourth of the crown should be removed during the tree’s growing season.  In addition, no more than one third of the side branches cut, with the maximum size of the side branches to be removed not being more than one third the diameter of the diameter of the tree trunk.  In general, it is not recommended that the main branches of a tree be removed unless it is absolutely necessary.  If necessary, the branch should be cut at the intersection with another large branch or at the tree’s trunk. 

One thing to remember is to never “top” a tree when pruning it.  This will cause the tree to be stressed as it reduces the tree’s ability to produce food.  When the tree grows back it will be bushy, unsightly and tall weakly attached branches, which will be worse looking than it is now!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

 

Is It Too Late To Prune My Trees?

If you are wondering whether fall is too late in the season to prune your trees, you are asking a very good question. Timing is just as important to pruning as the method you use; while careful pruning can benefit your trees, improper timing or technique can harm and even kill a tree. There isn’t a simple “yes” or “no” answer to whether it is too late to prune; it depends on several different factors. 

  • Where you live. If you live in a warmer region, it may be safe to prune your trees well into the fall. Often, pruning is not recommended in the fall due to harsh winters which can harm trees exposed due to fall pruning. However, if mild winters are the norm in your region, it may be safe.
     
  • Why are you pruning? The reason why you are pruning is also important to when you prune. To enhance flower production, many arborists will recommend spring blooming trees be pruned right after the blooms fall, while late-summer bloomers should be pruned in the early spring. For directing growth, pruning is often recommended after the seasonal growth cycle is complete.
  • Hazards. When a tree limb poses a falling hazard, it may need to be removed, regardless of the time of year. Since summer is often the time when these dangerous limbs become apparent as they droop under the weight of their leaves, it may be fall when you are able to have the limb pruned. 

Before doing any pruning in the fall, consult with your local tree service or have them do the pruning for you. They can ensure that the pruning will not harm your trees, and recommend the right time for pruning for all your trees.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Inspect Your Trees For Dangerous Limbs

Before the fall and winter storms come rolling in, take the time this summer to inspect your trees for limbs which may be dangerous to your home or property. High winds, ice, snow and other weather can cause damage to your trees which can cause limbs to become unstable. Although they may seem to be still attached, some limbs could be dying due to stress from previous harsh weather. This places them at a high risk for coming down when the next big storm hits. 

Inspecting For High Risk Limbs

Now is the time to remove limbs which may be weak or dying on your trees. A heavy limb that flies off a tree in a windstorm can cause serious damage to your home, property or loved ones. Removing them now in a safe and secure procedure reduces the risk of the limbs falling wherever and whenever they finally become too damaged to stay attached to the tree. Signs to look for when inspecting your trees include: 

  • Branches which are broken or only partially attached to the tree
  • Mushrooms growing at the base or trunk of a tree can be a sign of disease. Call in a tree expert to examine the tree further.
  • Look for rot, open holes or decay on the trunk and branches of the trees in your yard.
  • Look for branches hanging over electrical lines or other structures; even if they aren’t damaged, they may still need to be removed for safety reasons.
  • Branches with no leaves or needles are most likely dead, and may need to be removed. 

Pruning and removing dangerous branches and limbs from your trees is a job best left to the experts. If you find branches or trees which may become hazardous, call your local tree service professional to remove these high-risk trees from your property before high winds or stormy weather remove them in a much more dangerous manner.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Be Prepared For Your Tree Service Appointment

There are some preparations which should be addressed before hiring a tree professional to service your trees. Whether you are having a tree removed from your property or just having some tree pruning done, there are ways to ensure the appointment goes smoothly. While most professional tree service companies will do their best to protect your property from harm when they are doing their job, you can help them with a few precautions. 

Sprinklers, Septic Systems and Drain Fields

If you have any plumbing in your yard that is delicate, such as sewer pipes, septic systems, irrigation or a drain field, you need to let your tree professional know what areas to avoid. Some tree projects may involve heavy equipment which could crush delicate plumbing. 

Remove Outdoor Furniture Or Ornaments

If you have lawn furniture or other decorative items in your yard, it may be best to remove them before your tree service arrives. A falling limb can crush your favorite lawn statue or lounge chair, so it is better just to move them until the job is complete. 

Keep Kids And Pets Indoors

Don’t put your dogs, cats or kids at risk while the tree professionals are at work in your yard. Keep pets and kids inside while they do their job, both to protect them and to give the workers space to do their job without worrying about hurting a member of your family. 

By doing a little preparation of your property before the tree service arrives, there is less chance of any unfortunate accidents occurring. This can ensure they can do their work quickly and effectively, while your family and property is kept safe from harm.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Service

Professional Tree Pruning Instead Of Topping

Most tree professionals agree that topping is the most extreme form of tree pruning for trees, which can usually be avoided. Topping refers to the chopping off of the top of a tree, either to reduce leaf and other tree debris or to prevent possible damage from the tree falling. Unfortunately, in many cases topping a tree can cause severe damage, to the point of killing the tree altogether. In a residential setting, it is rarely advised to top a tree when pruning can obtain the same needed result. 

Dangers Of Tree Topping

When a tree’s top is cut off, its main source of food is also gone. The top leaves of a tree are what gather nutrients from the sun, while protecting the rest of the tree from the hot rays. Once a tree is topped, it is vulnerable to starvation and heat exposure. In addition, the open cut on the trunk can cause shock and stress to the tree, also leaving it exposed to deadly organisms. 

The other danger in homeowners topping a tree on their property is the risk to them and their property. Cutting off a large portion of a tree can be dangerous, especially to those without experience. It only takes a small slip for a person to fall and be seriously injured. 

Homeowners that have trees that they want smaller should consult a professional tree service for advice on the best way to prune their tree. Instead of topping the tree and possible killing it or injuring themselves, hiring a tree expert to trim and prune the tree is a much safer option for most homeowners.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

Don’t Wait For Lightning To Strike To Trim Those Trees

Summer is a wonderful time of year; however, with the summer also comes the summer storms. This can be a hot and humid thunderstorm, combined with the ultimate tree destroyer, lightning. While there is little you can do to prevent your trees from being struck by a bolt from the sky, you can take the initiative to remove weak or dying branches before they come crashing down in the next big storm. 

Preventive Tree Trimming And Pruning

There is always a risk that a tree can become a victim to a violent storm, regardless of how healthy and strong a tree may seem. Tree branches in particular are vulnerable to high winds and lightning strikes. However, with some professional trimming and pruning, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home and property. 

Of course, you want to maintain the beauty and health of your trees. When done correctly, tree trimming and pruning can actually be beneficial to your trees. Take the time to inspect your trees and look for areas of concern that should be remedied. 

–        Branches overhanging structures or power lines

–        Top heavy trees near buildings or structures

–        Dead branches 

With professional tree pruning or trimming, you can remove some of the high risk branches that are most likely to fall and cause damage during a storm. The best way to be sure is to have a tree service come out and inspect your trees for weak branches that can be safely removed. While they are there, you can also have an annual tree treatment performed to keep those nasty, tree-killing insects and diseases away from your trees. With a little preventive maintenance, your trees and your property have a better chance of surviving the summer storms and other maladies without any damage.

Published on behalf of BAM Tree Experts