Even Trees Need a Little Spring Cleaning
With the arrival of spring, many homeowners have already begun compiling a list of spring cleaning chores needed around their homes. Of course, cleaning out closets and reorganizing the basement or garage are popular choices, but what about your property? Couldn’t they benefit from a bit of spring cleaning as well?
So how exactly can one provide spring cleaning to the trees on their property? While the word “cleaning” might seem like an odd, even illogical choice, tree pruning is very much about cleaning up the overall structure of a tree.
Tree pruning services are designed to help preserve your trees’ structural integrity, shape, health, and beauty. Additionally, seasonal tree pruning reduces the risk of falling tree limbs (especially those no longer living) during severe weather, thus protecting your home and the people who live inside.
Tree pruning conducted by certified professionals is all about removing branches and limbs that are not useful, dead, dying, diseased, and weakened from the tree’s canopy. This removal of branches and limbs is similar to how we remove belongings we no longer need from our homes, essentially creating valuable space for the things we want.
By creating more space in the tree canopy, branches are no longer competing with one another for nutrients, larger branches can form a superior structure, and natural light can easily penetrate throughout the tree canopy. Additionally, the tree can grow more aesthetically rather than wild and unkempt.
While many homeowners are often surprised at the number of tree branches and limbs being removed during their pruning services, this technique is, in fact, safe and necessary for the tree’s overall health and well-being in the future and actually encourages new, more beneficial growth.
Inevitably during spring cleaning inside our homes, we come across broken and no longer useable items, taking up valuable space that could be better utilized. Keeping dead or dying tree branches on your trees is very similar in that they provide no benefit for retention. In addition, they pose more of a liability on your property as dead or dying branches are more prone to breaks, which could damage your home or injure someone who might be under the tree during the time of the break.
Low-vigor branches are another group your tree care professionals may remove during pruning. Branches with more green foliage produce more energy for the tree. Recognizing this, a tree will retain more vigorous branches while reducing the resources it sends to those with less vitality.
This year, while compiling a list of spring cleaning chores inside your house, remember your trees need cleaning once in a while to remain healthy and vibrant for many years to come.
Tree pruning is often recommended from November through March, just as long as the tree has yet to leaf out fully. Dead or weakened branches can be removed year-round for safety. For more information on tree pruning services, contact your local SavATree branch today.