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

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

Choosing A Reliable Tree Service

If you have been considering hiring a tree service for pruning, tree removal, disease control or stump grinding, you want to be careful about choosing the right company. Although there are many advertisements for people who claim to be able to provide these services, you want a company which has the experience and correct qualifications to do a professional job. Before hiring anyone to come to your home for tree services, it’s wise to learn the answers to these questions: 

–        Are they licensed and insured? It’s important to hire only tree services which are licensed to perform tree-related tasks, especially tree removal. You also want to check that they are insured. Services performed by tree professionals can be hazardous, both to the workers and to your property, so it is vital they have insurance to cover any injuries or damage that occurs.

–        Are they experienced? Always check to see how long the company has been in business, and whether they have customer reviews or testimonials. You want a tree service with a strong reputation for being honest, reliable and thorough.

–        What services do they offer? Once you find a tree service, you want to know that they can take care of all your tree service needs in the future. Ask whether they offer emergency tree removal, stump grinding, storm clean up, disease control and pruning services.  

A reliable tree service company can help you with a wide variety of services, beyond just removing dead or dying trees. They can help you keep the trees you have in good health, and be there when you need professional help to remove storm debris, or just to prune your trees in the spring. Once you find the right company, keep their number with the list of other professionals you know you can call when you need help with a home service or repair.

Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Find A Tree Service Company You Can Trust

The trees on your property are a valuable asset which provide practical benefits and can increase your overall property value. Not only do they add aesthetic appeal, but also shade, windbreaks and privacy. Caring for your trees should be a priority, and often requires the help of a quality tree service company. However, not all tree services are created equal. Before hiring any tree service, you want to ensure they have the knowledge and experience to care for the beautiful trees that add so much value to your property. 

Researching Tree Service Companies

There are many companies which may claim to be tree experts, yet not all have the same qualifications. Just like any professional service, there are reputable companies and others that only claim to have the knowledge and expertise needed to perform the job. Before hiring any tree contractor, consider researching the company to ensure they have these qualities and skills: 

  • Trained arborists. Does the company employ trained arborists, or only self-proclaimed tree experts? You want a company staffed with arborists who have the professional training to know how properly to care for your trees.
  • Licensed and bonded. Tree service often involves removal of trees and limbs, which can be dangerous work. If done incorrectly, a tree could fall in the wrong direction, harming your property and possibly injuring the worker or someone in your family. Companies which are licensed, bonded and insured against any damage or injury are the only businesses you should hire for tree service.
  • Experience. You want a company with a proven track record before hiring them to work with your valuable trees. Ask how long the company has been in business, and for referrals from their existing customers. 

Don’t trust your trees and property to just any company claiming to be tree experts. Do a little research, to make sure the company you hire has the experience, knowledge and proper licenses to do the job right and responsibly.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service


What Services Should Your Tree Company Provide?

Most of us rarely think of the health of our trees, except when a storm-related emergency necessitates removal or when lack of new leaf growth screams for our attention to a possible disease or insect problem. Trees need care just like every other plant in your yard, yet we tend to neglect them. Trees that are cared for stay healthy and live long into maturity, adding value to your property and neighborhood. 

Your local tree service company should be able to offer you a variety of skilled services including trimming, pruning, treatment options and remedies for your tree care, tree removal and stump grinding. They should be safe, efficient and possessing of the professional knowledge and ability to preserve the natural environment. Their service should include everything from basic tree health to stump removal and grinding. They should also care about protecting the beauty of your trees. Also, most companies will assist in disposing of tree waste through properly recycled sources. 

Your local tree service company will be aware of other symptoms of possible tree problems that may indicate the presence of disease or insect infestation. Trimming a tree and proper application of pesticides will help to prevent insect damage. Trimming also spurs a healthy tree growth and makes it more visually appealing. Trimming a tree will help ensure a longer-living, healthy tree that is less vulnerable to damage from its surroundings. Introducing foreign objects into the tree or close to the tree will always have an impact on the tree, and such actions should be taken with precaution or advice from a certified arborist. Make sure that your local tree service company has a certified arborist on staff.