Having mature trees across your property is usually a huge plus for most people. They provide shade (even lowering energy bills), look beautiful, and can increase the overall value of the property.
But, as with everything, there can be downsides to having mature trees as well.
Luckily, most potential problems can be resolved by a simple tree pruning service. A professional arborist can come in and remove branches to help solve your problems, leaving you (and the tree) only the benefits. It’s an often forgotten task of a homeowner, so we’ve created a guide for seven of the reasons you may need to hire professional tree trimmers.
1. Boost Curb Appeal
When you pull up to a home and see a huge, mature tree in the front you’ll likely have one of two reactions. First, you’ll think it’s beautiful and stately. Second, you’ll think the whole place looks rundown and even spooky. Chances are a little tree care can change you from the second reaction to the first.
Dead branches, missing leaves, and bald spots can make a tree look unkempt and deteriorating. Simply trimming off those areas can change the entire look of a tree and bring up the curb appeal of the home.
A professional tree pruning service will also be able to help you shape the tree to look the way you’d like and encourage it to continue to grow that way.
2. Improve Health
Those dead branches or missing areas don’t just look bad, they can also be a sign of an unhealthy tree as well.
Taking off the diseased and dead branches will help the tree focus its energy on better areas. This will allow it to replenish and fully recover. Without all of those damaged spots, the tree won’t be wasting resources making it more effective.
These pruning jobs are best done by a professional who knows the signs and symptoms of tree disease. They’ll know exactly which branches to cut off and which should be left. Over-pruning or taking the wrong areas can have the opposite effect that you’re looking for.
3. Enhance Production
Along a similar vein, if your tree is having a hard time producing new growth pruning can be a great way to jumpstart that process and get things moving again.
This is especially true for fruit trees that have stopped producing new fruits. Trimming back the branches, even if not dead or diseased, will stimulate new growth which leads to more fruit. Professional orchards use this technique every year to help make sure they’re getting as much fruit as possible.
But be sure to consult with professional tree trimmers to make sure the task is done the right way and you don’t cause harm to your tree.
4. Clear a Path
While there are ways to help encourage your tree to grow in a specific direction and pattern, there’s no way to guarantee it will follow your lead. If a tree grows over a path, it’s important to keep up with pruning and trimming so you can move through easily.
The more you trim to avoid the paths, hopefully, the less it will continue to grow there and you can avoid any major problems.
This is also important when your tree is growing over the road or sidewalk. Most cities or neighborhoods will have rules in place for how far a tree can overhang, trimming keeps you within those rules and helps avoid accidents.
5. Expand Sunlight
Many people enjoy their trees because of how much shade they provide for the yard. They cool down the space by blocking the sunlight and from any slight breeze that moves through.
But sometimes they can block too much of the sunlight and you miss that natural light, either inside or out.
A tree trimming service can help you find that happy medium for your home. They can cut enough off to allow for more light to shine through but not everything to take away all of your shade. It’s possible to have both things and professional tree pruning is the way to get it.
6. Increase Safety
Mature trees are really extraordinary but they can also be quite dangerous if not taken care of properly. They can easily grow to be a threat to people and structures in their surrounding area.
Tree pruning services will help you locate the branches that pose the biggest threat of falling. They can also help try to correct a tree that is growing heavily on one side and beginning to lean. These are great ways to minimize the threat a big tree can be.
It’s also a good idea to trim a tree for better visibility as a safety precaution as well.
7. Prevent Damage
The bigger a tree grows, the bigger its roots do as well. These are another way that a tree can pose a big threat to structures, especially foundations and sidewalks.
They grow underneath and can eventually break up the concrete. Once that happens it will have to be replaced, which can be a huge expense and problem for homeowners. But trimming a tree back can sometimes counteract that large growth and divert the energy to growing new branches instead of the roots.
Avoiding this kind of problem will save you so much stress, money, and energy in the long run. Any effort is worth it in the long run.
Time for Tree Pruning
There is nothing like sitting under the Sade of a big tree in your yard enjoying the scenery. When you consistently handle tree pruning, you’ll be able to enjoy your mature trees for years and years to come.
Tree trimming services are best done at least once every couple of years, if not annually. But it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the tree to spot any potential problems and handle them as quickly as possible before any huge damage can be done.
If you’re interested in learning more about our tree pruning services, contact us today to schedule a consultation!