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

When Are Annual Tree Pruning Sessions Really Needed?

Joshua Mercier

If you have mature, healthy trees in your yard, the advice to have them trimmed every year may seem a little excessive. And it really might be! The truth is that most mature trees only need to be trimmed every few years, assuming they're in good health and are otherwise being taken care of. But that does not mean there are no trees that can benefit from annual trimming. The following are some types or classes of trees that really should be pruned once a year.

Young Trees

Trees that are young should be trimmed annually. All of their branches may look healthy and vibrant, but some of these branches may need to be removed in order for the tree to grow into a healthy, sturdy shape in the coming years. The tree pruner might only remove a branch or two each time, but it's important to have them out often so they can catch unbalanced or unusual growth at its start.

Fast-Growing Trees

Trees grow at different rates. Most common backyard trees, like oaks and maples, grow pretty slowly. But there are a few common types of trees that grow much faster than usual. These include poplars, ash trees, weeping willows, and cottonwoods. Fast-growing trees should be pruned once a year so their shape and size do not get out of hand. This is especially true if the tree is located near your home or another structure and has a chance of growing into that structure.

Fruit Trees

Do you have a fruit tree such as an apple tree, plum tree, or peach tree? That fruit tree really should be trimmed once a year. The trimmer will remove key branches to ensure no single branch gets too heavy with fruit. They'll make sure there's enough room between branches for sunshine to reach the fruit, too. It's very important to have fruit trees pruned in late winter.

Diseased Trees

Trees that have chronic fungal diseases should be trimmed once a year so that the most diseased, infected branches can be removed. Signs of chronic fungal disease include spots on the leaves, cankers or depressed sores on the bark, and brackets growing from the trunk. 

If you have trees in any of the above categories, make plans to have them pruned each year. Your tree trimmer can take a closer look and give you additional maintenance tips relevant to your specific tree.

Reach out to a local tree pruning service to learn more.