Generally speaking, typically it's best to prune your trees during the winter seasons - they're easier to prune because:
1) During this season, trees can heal themselves more easily
2) Naturally, there are fewer leaves because they've fallen off! This makes it much easier to trim.
3) Often, trees aren't as vulnerable to diseases and insects during this season.
This being said, different types of trees have different "best-to-prune" seasons. It's best to ask a tree service professional that has that knowledge.
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Stumps Tree Service
Stumps are dangerous
They can be dangerous to kids and adults alike - they can be tripped over. If you have people over on your property and they trip and fall, it's a liability.
Stumps ruin curb appeal
A stump constantly reminds you that there's an unfinished job. It decreases the appeal of your landscape and sticks out like a sore thumb.
Stumps can attract pests
Stumps and roots will eventually decay, inviting not-so-friendly wood-destroying pests, like carpenter ants and termites. They will migrate to healthy plants and trees in your yard and may migrate to your home, causing damage to studs, joists, and other structural members. You may have to perform fumigation, which is costly and time-consuming. It's best to get a stumps tree service completed.
Removing a stump can free up space
A space that can be used for a table, play area, or extra gardening space can be ruined by a remaining stump.
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What's tree topping?
You need your tree to become shorter. Is the topping the way to go?
Topping is shortening the tree by cutting off the top of the central stem of the tree. There's no "head" to the tree, per se, but I like to think of it as "de-heading" the tree.
Can I top my tree?
Sure, you can! But you should not.
Tree topping ruins the figure of a tree forever, damages it, and sometimes even kills it.
It also removes 50-100% of the tree's leaf-bearing branches. Leaves produce food for the tree and stores it. By removing the leaves, the tree will be starved and forced to exhibit survival coping methods like growing dormant buds.
The tree becomes vulnerable to decay, wood-destroying insects, and disease. And because of the lack of food and energy, it makes it more difficult for the tree to fight disease.
Ultimately, if the tree doesn't have enough stored energy, it may die.
What should I do instead of topping?
We won't go into much detail here, but alternatives to topping to shorten a tree include canopy reduction, interlimbing or thinning, windowing, or skirting/limbing up.
Another alternative is to remove the tree and re-plant a tree more appropriate for its location. Be sure to check the average height of that species before planting.
Call a tree arborist today.
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First: evaluate if you can do it safely.
Thinking about doing some DIY and trimming your tree branches yourself? First, evaluate whether or not it's safe for you to do so. Here are some general guidelines:
If you can't reach the branches from the ground, call an arborist. If the branches are within range of utility/power wires, call your electric company and have them do the work.
OK. My branches are <4" in diameter and it's safe to do trim them myself.
When should I trim or prune my trees?
Autumn or winter is a great time to trim or prune because the leaves have fallen off and you can better see some of the branches to be removed.
Deciding whether to have a tree removed can be a stressful decision. Should you keep it and save the money from the cost of removal? Or should you remove it, and why?
Here are some questions to run through to help you decide to cut your tree down. As you answer these questions, the main thing to keep in mind is safety.
Is the tree healthy?
Large dead branches are a hazard to your property and people. If the dead branches are off to one side, the tree's weight will be unbalanced and potentially dangerous. This can be a sign of trunk or root damage on the side with the dead branches.
Root diseases such as fungi growing on the tree can be a sign of internal rotting. Check for large fungi at the base of the trunk or a rotting trunk.
If there has been digging near the tree causing damage to its roots, it may need removal if the damage is extensive enough.
A hollow tree trunk may mean that the strength of a tree's stump is compromised and can be potentially dangerous.
A leaning tree may present a hazard, as the learn may indicate a weak root system.
Look for large, old wounds, dead branch stubs, cracks that run up and down, and seams - these may suggest decay. You may want to remove the tree if there is sufficient trunk damage.
Where is the tree located?
If you have multiple trees too close together, this may hinder the growth and health of all those trees. You may opt to remove certain trees to break up the pattern.
If your tree is tall and too close to your property, it may cause property damage to siding, fascia, or the roof. The roots may also present a problem depending on the growth pattern of the tree's roots.
If you have a tree whose average mature height is the height of the power lines it is beneath, this may be potentially hazardous during rainy weather as electricity can arc to the wet tree.
How special is the tree?
The tree may have sentimental value to you or it may be a centerpiece for the neighborhood, you may want to try to salvage the tree rather than remove it. However, still take into account the the safety considerations above.
Leave it up to a arborist.
While these questions may help your thought process in tree removal, always ask a certified arborist if you're unsure.