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07 Mar 2017

Why Is Pruning Your Tree Important?

A Closer Look into the Significance of Tree Pruning


Do you want to know why some of the trees in your neighborhood look so vibrant and beautiful? Have you ever found yourself wishing that the trees in your property can achieve that magnificent look?

Trees are among the most magnificent living objects found in nature. They can make any landscape look serene and brimming with life. But as beautiful and majestic as they are, they require a bit of care to maintain their appearance. And one of the maintenance processes that a tree requires is pruning.


What is pruning?

Pruning is a tree care and maintenance procedure that involves cutting and removing specific parts of a tree, such as dead or diseased branches, buds, and even roots. When done correctly, pruning has many different benefits, which will be discussed later on. What you need to know, however, is that pruning doesn’t just benefit the tree but the people around it as well.


Key Reasons for Pruning a Tree

There are plenty of reasons to prune a tree. Most tree professionals and Arborists often get asked, “Why is tree pruning important in the tree care and maintenance business?” These main reasons should address that particular question quite effectively.


1. Pruning for health reasons.

Caring for the health of a tree is important, obviously. Through the pruning process, dead and/or diseased branches can be removed safely, allowing the tree to develop stronger and healthier ones.

There are plenty of reasons why tree branches die or suffer from diseases, but the three most common are lack of sunlight exposure, insect infestation, and storm damage. Exposure to extreme fluctuations in temperature is also a common reason, especially in areas that experience heavy snow storms during winter or extreme heat during the summer.


2. Pruning for structural reasons.

Trees need structural integrity, especially the young and still developing ones. Proper pruning can help a young, newly planted tree develop a sturdier structure, stronger limbs, as well as a lush and beautiful form.


3. Pruning for safety reasons.

Trees that are planted in residential properties often sit close to man-made structures such as a house, garage, tool shed, as well as foot paths, driveways, and walkways. In some cases, homeowners even use tree limbs to hang a swing for the kids.

Picture this: what if one of the bigger limbs or branches of the tree is weakened by disease or is actually dead? That is a potential hazard that should be dealt with right away. It’s not advisable to tie a rope on a tree limb to use as a swing, but a lot of homeowners still do it.

Moreover, trees sometimes grow so tall or so wide that they can become a fire hazard when they come in contact with power lines. And if a tree limb is hanging over your home, or other structures, a heavy storm could cause it to break and crash into whatever is underneath it.


With these three reasons alone, you can see just how important tree pruning is and why it should never be put off.


Still not convinced?


Okay, here are some of the benefits that you can expect from a proper tree pruning by a certified professional:


The Benefits of Proper Tree Pruning

  • It can improve traffic and pedestrian flow. Trees that are located near sidewalks, foot paths, driveways, and bike trails require pruning to remove any runaway branches that may hinder the flow of traffic.
  • It helps ensure a clear view of road signs. Sometimes trees can grow very wide limbs and branches that they can cover street signs, making it difficult for motorists to read or even notice.
  • It helps reduce the occurrence of leaf disease. Proper pruning promotes better airflow through the tree’s canopy, allowing the leaves room to breathe and get rid of excess moisture.
  • It effectively addresses some of the safety risks caused by weakened or damaged limbs. Falling limbs and branches are serious hazards, especially when the tree is located near structures or paths with heavy foot traffic.
  • It reduces the presence of excess shade, which can impede the growth of other plant life around the tree, such as grass and/or shrubbery. It also helps make sure that the lower branches of the tree get enough sunlight and moisture.


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27 Feb 2017

3 Hidden Benefits of Hiring a Certified Tree Service Pro

The Advantages of Having a Certified Arborist Work on Your Tree Care Needs


There is no question that trees add more than just visual appeal to your property. They also increase its value, so long as the trees are healthy and well-maintained. Spending time, money, and effort on the well-being of your trees can actually be considered as an investment that presents considerable returns for you, the property owner, and for the community as a whole, not to mention all the ecological benefits that trees can provide.


But there’s a hitch.


A tree that is not well-taken care of, if it’s left unpruned or is ridden with diseases, is a potential liability and an accident that’s waiting to happen. Tree care services and maintenance that are done inconsistently and incorrectly pose serious risks not just to the tree itself, but to everyone who comes near it as well.

Can you imagine having your kids and their friends playing under a tree that has sustained significant winter damage? For all you know its limbs and branches are already so weak that the gentlest gust of wind could cause it to break and fall off. This is why having a well-maintained tree is very important.

If you’re going to hire a professional to work on your trees, you might as well go with the best. And there’s no one better in tree care services than a Certified Arborist.


What is an Arborist?

An Arborist is a tree care specialist who can provide for the specific needs of individual trees. These professionals, also known as tree doctors, are masters of the art and science of tree care. Certified Arborists are well-versed and highly-trained in identifying the individual needs of trees, as well as providing care and maintenance to ensure health and well-being for these silent gentle giants.


The Benefits of Hiring an Arborist and the Different Services They Can Provide

The benefits of hiring an Arborist may not be as obvious or clear-cut as most people think. The services they provide are not that much different from those offered by most tree care services. However, there are a few notable exceptions, such as the level of knowledge, care, and scientific approach in dealing with tree health care and maintenance.


1. Planting Services

This is probably one of the biggest advantages Certified Arborists can provide you. If you want to add value to your property by planting some trees, there is no better expert to approach than an Arborist. He can recommend the right trees to plant, where to plant them, and how to plant the trees safely and properly.

  • Arborists can provide preventive maintenance against infestation and disease, which is crucial to young and newly planted trees.
  • Arborists can lend their expertise on the proper soil aeration techniques to make sure that air, water, and nutrients are efficiently absorbed by the tree’s root system.
  • Arborists can advise proper nutrients for specific tree species.  Soil pH, available organic matter and water make a difference is how provide fertilization programs to ensure the best growth and development.
  • Arborists can help find the appropriate trees best suited to your specific location, as well as provide tips on the proper planting depth and the overall care and maintenance required for the newly planted tree.


2. Pruning Services

Any tree company or tree professional can provide pruning services with the proper tools. However, a Certified Arborist can provide you with much more than your basic pruning service. Arborists can . . .

  • Help guide young trees to develop stronger limbs and overall structure.
  • Help remove damaged limbs and branches in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Help find the disease-ridden parts that may compromise the integrity of the tree.
  • Help shape the tree so that it doesn’t interfere with structures.
  • Help prepare the tree for the harsh winter season and help it recover through a tactical pruning approach.


3. Tree Health Care and Emergency Services

Preventive care and maintenance are most notably the biggest advantages that a good arborist can provide to tree owners. Despite what you might think, trees require constant care and maintenance, especially during difficult seasons like summer and winter.

Sometimes, a tree may have a compromised structure due to neglect and you won’t even notice it until it’s too late and the tree has fallen over from its roots or cleft into two. Certified Arborists are great at detecting potential problems and providing the appropriate solution before things become worse.


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