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

Is Your Tree Asking For A Haircut?

Joshua Mercier

Even though trees cannot speak to you, they do have a way of telling you what they need. In particular, trees are quite good at telling their owners when they need to be trimmed. It's just up to the owners to learn their language. So, how do trees tell you that they need a trim? Here are some of their key indicators.

They have a lot of dead branches.

When you gaze up at your tree, you want to see only green, healthy, leaf-covered branches. If you're seeing a lot of brown branches, then that means your tree needs to be trimmed. The brown branches are likely dead, and as long as they remain in place, they will leech important nutrients and water that could be going to the healthy, living branches. A tree trimmer will remove all of this dead material, and they may also remove branches that are not yet dead but are on the verge of dying. The sooner you have dead branches trimmed away, the fewer your trimmer will have to trim. 

They are growing towards your home, power lines, or another structure.

Is growing into power lines your tree's way of saying they need a trim? It certainly could be. Your trees may not mean any harm by growing in this direction, but they could do harm, regardless. When a tree is interwoven with power lines, all it takes is a strong wind to break off a branch and take the power lines down with it. And if the tree is growing towards your house or garage, that structure will be in danger when a storm rolls through. It's cheaper to listen to your tree and have it trimmed than it is to repair damage after the fact.

They have really dense foliage and spotted leaves.

Sometimes a tree's branches and leaves will grow in so dense that the innermost leaves take forever to dry after it rains. Then, fungal infections set in, causing spots to form on the leaves. A tree with dense, spotted foliage is practically begging for a trim. If a tree trimmer removes a few branches to thin the foliage out, the leaves will dry out faster, and the infection should clear. (If not, a dose of fungicide spray should do the trick!)

It would be nice if trees could actually talk. Until then, you'll just have to keep an eye out for these subtler ways that they communicate. Contact a company that offers tree trimming services to learn more.