Tree service involves the application of specific techniques including pruning, cutting, and trimming/weeding in non-built environments. Greenways, park, road edges, and forest/urban woody plantings are at the heart of tree care for many landscaping companies.
Trees need care just like other living things do. They grow and mature, which means that they require maintenance and care to remain healthy. They must be protected from the elements, weather, pests, wind, water, disease, birds, insects, animals, etc.
Tree trimming involves removing branches to enhance tree height or width and to improve soil drainage and soil compaction. This practice is often called pruning. Most people think of it as an unskilled labor-intensive job that involves the use of an axe, cleaver, hoe, shovel, or a pair of pliers and wire cutters.
It can involve an entire tree, or a section of a tree. For smaller trees that have not grown large enough to support an entire tree, cutting back branches can provide a much-needed extra space for plant life. Some trees may require a trimming of just the top few feet, but some trees may need a trimming of the entire tree. The length and height of your tree will dictate how large the actual cutting must be.
There are many aspects of tree health to consider when you are cutting back branches. Not only does it improve tree health, it also protects it from future problems.
When cutting back branches of trees, it is important to maintain good tree health. Trimming is especially important during the growing season. When tree health is not well-maintained, tree roots may rot and produce leaves and needles with infected material. This can create unsightly tree health issues, making it necessary to re-trim branches to prevent these unsightly issues.
There are several factors that influence tree health. One factor is sunlight exposure, especially for shade-tolerant trees. Another is wind exposure, particularly if it is on a slope.
There are many different types of equipment used for tree health and trimming. The most common include: electric pruners, chain saws, hand-held pruners, chainsaw, or a combination of these tools. It is important to consult a qualified professional for advice on which method of tree trimming is best for you and your tree.
A combination of both electric pruners and a hand-held tool are most often used by tree professionals. While electric pruners require less skill than a hand-held tool, they are more complex to operate and require more time to complete the task.
Tree experts typically recommend that tree owners use chainsaws during the fall and spring seasons to trim branches. Chainsaws allow the tree owner the option of removing only a certain percentage of the tree.
A tree expert may suggest using a combination of tools depending on the owner’s preference. There is no “right or wrong” way to trim branches of a tree; it depends on each person’s ability, skills, and the age of your tree.
Trimming the entire tree or cutting back branches only a few inches can improve tree health and help the tree stand up to further challenges. It is important to remember that trees can grow in all shapes and sizes and do not always need to be trimmed down to the ground.
Tree trimmers can also help you to better understand the history of your tree. If your tree has been pruned at least once, you will know more about its history, what it has needed, and how it will look in the future. Trees require maintenance and care in order to survive, so it is important to keep them looking their best.