Keeping Your Trees Healthy
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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Why You Should Prune Your Trees

Joshua Mercier

When you look at the beauty of your majestic oaks and elms, you may be reluctant to alter them at all. Having them pruned may feel as if you are mutilating your own landscaping. In reality, pruning your trees is a necessary and responsible thing to do. If it's done correctly, your trees will thrive while maintaining their beauty.


Damaged tree branches are unattractive and bad for the health of your tree. They can leave openings that allow insects and decay to enter the tree and cause real damage. If the tree has too many branches, sunlight is blocked, and the tree is more prone to disease. Your tree can also develop "co-dominant" leaders. These are two straight branches at the top of the tree that are both dominant, a condition that makes your tree weaker. Cutting off one of these or other damaged branches makes the rest of the tree grow stronger and healthier.


If your tree has dead branches, you need to have them removed as soon as possible. They can easily fall, especially during wind storms. You or a family member could be struck and seriously hurt by one. Often, the branches will strike your roof, causing damage that is expensive to repair. Also, dead branches can fall and strike power lines, causing an interruption in your service and possibly leaving deadly live wires in your path. 

Power Lines

When your healthy tree grows too near to power lines, the utility company will often prune it. Tree-pruning professionals should defer to the utility company in these instances since the job is extremely dangerous. Even touching a branch that is touching a wire can kill you. You may worry about how your tree will look afterward. In truth, it will look different after being topped, but more utility crews are following the American National Standards Institute guidelines for pruning in an attempt to protect the tree's beauty. Make certain to plant all new trees far from overhead and underground lines so you will not have this problem in the future. 

When you see a problem with your trees, call a professional tree service, such as Kansas City Tree Care, LLC, and have the dead or diseased branches taken off. Your trees will look better and be healthier when the damaged wood is removed. You will also be protecting your home and family by preventing these branches from falling. If your trees are near power lines, however, you should contact the utility company. Trimming near these lines is too dangerous for someone who has not been specially trained for the job.