How Tree Trimming Can Make Your Unhealthy Tree Healthy Again

Want to improve your home's curbside appeal? Learn different ways to implement trees and what professional tree services can do to help in this blog.

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Your home is where you should feel proud and happy to welcome others to the most important space in your life. There are many ways mature trees add to curbside appeal, from providing shade to looking majestic and adding to the feel of permanence. Well-tended, mature trees add value to your home, and using a professional tree service will keep your trees looking their best. A good tree service will know how to trim large trees safely, while keeping their shape attractive without damaging their health and growth. Untended trees look messy, and the risk of branches falling during a storm or high winds increases with the age of your trees and the length of time they’ve gone without proper care. Learn different ways to tend to your trees and what professional tree services can do to help in this blog.


How Tree Trimming Can Make Your Unhealthy Tree Healthy Again

12 June 2017
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Do you own a property that has one or more trees growing on it? Are these trees looking sick or otherwise less than ideal? Your first instinct might be to give the tree or trees more water and fertilizer. While that can certainly help, it's not the only thing that you can or should do. Possibly the most counter-intuitive thing that should be done for a sickly tree is to have it trimmed or pruned. There is a variety of reasons why you should do so, some of which include:

Remove disease: Unlike animals, plants can't easily fight disease. If infected by a fungus, the infected area will often remain even if the tree is successful at fighting the disease. The same is true of insect damage. A tree can take a long time to heal from insect damage, leaving it open to infection by disease in the meantime. A professional tree trimming will remove both past and current areas of disease. The cuts may be left as-is, to allow the tree to heal naturally, or the larger ones may be treated to repel future insects and diseases. This will enable the tree to concentrate more of its energy on growing healthy limbs and branches, ultimately making the tree stronger and more likely to survive. 

Better nutrient circulation: Trees and other plants obviously don't have hearts to allow them to pump water and other nutrients throughout the tree. Instead, they have to rely on a different type of circulatory system. This system can be overwhelmed if the tree grows too many branches at once. A professional tree trimming removes the weakest and least necessary portions of the tree, leaving more nutrients for the tree to use to feed the stronger sections. 

Prevent damage: Contrary to idyllic illustrations, trees will sometimes sprout dozens of new branches at once, some of which grow in seemingly random directions. They do this because more leaves can often mean more light available which translates to a healthier tree. In the wild, trees may have to grow like this to replace sections that have been eaten by insects or by various animals. But in the absence of this sort of damage, the result is crowding. Branches may cross and rub against one another, resulting in potentially dangerous damage. Not only will these open wounds allow insects or disease to get in, they may eventually cause larger limbs to fall off unexpectedly and cause damage or injury to people or property down below. A professional tree trimmer like Vista Tree Service can prevent overcrowding, making the tree both healthier and safer in the long run.