Why to Keep Your Trees Pruned
Keeping a tree pruned properly is essential to the overall livelihood and health of the plant. Found below, we have put together a list of reasons as to why proper tree pruning is important to keeping your property healthy and aesthetically clean. Although there’s a handful, here are some reasons why it is worth hiring a knowledgeable and professional tree service.
Encouraging New Growth
Proper tree pruning techniques help train new branches to grow, but can also help structurally strengthen a tree’s limbs and root system. A educated tree company will come in and asses the tree, then apply careful pruning methods to branches that need some love, as well as interior growth on a tree and more. A strong and healthy root system give a tree better chances holding up in storms and strong winds. Proper pruning includes dead wood removal, which is removing the risk of dying or dead limbs falling on structures, yards, or even loved ones. Dead wood may fall and get caught up on another branch, which leads to a ticking time bomb of whenever it wants to come down. Pruning limbs properly encourages new growth in the right places.
One of the most visual reasons for pruning trees is to help them fit better with their surrounding area. Whether you have a beautifully landscaped yard, or just nice grassy land, a properly pruned tree will add greatly to the aesthetics of your property. Dead wood removal and trimming up limbs that are grown unevenly will help reshape the tree into the beautiful centerpiece that it has the potential to be.
Almost as easy as us humans, trees can contract disease and lead them to a downfall. Pruning can prevent and turn away these type of contractions with proper methods. Sometimes its as easy as removing a few branches, and other times a tree may need special spray treatment to rid of the disease, if its not too late. Occasionally homeowners will have no idea that their tree is infected and find out too late, resulting in removal of the tree, which tends to be the best option if caught pretty late.
Tree pruning can add significant value to real-estate and property. When pruned properly it can even add an additional 10 to 15 percent of value on top of the sale. Studies show that well done land scaping and tree coverage can increase your homes value by as much as 30 percent. Even simply “upgrading” current property landscape from good to great can increase value by 6 to 7 percent. Studies also found that tree-filled office areas can expect 5 to 8 percent higher rent than those without trees or well kept landscaping. People like to make jokes about money growing on trees, but is it really a joke? There is a few reasons why well kept trees help your property value.
Hazardous Branch Removal
Dead branches are a hazard for multiple reasons in large trees. Don’t be fooled, even small trees have branches that break or die, becoming hazardous in high winds and rough storms. Branches, broken or dead, can become projectiles that may damage a house or structure, break windows, or cause serious injury. In fairly large trees, these hazardous limbs may extend over your power lines or home, and them coming down on their own may not be the best case. On top of that, limb cracking or decay can weaken the tree as a whole, providing opportunity for larger leads of the tree to come down, or even the entire tree itself. Hazardous limbs are always something to be aware of, although they may be as small as 5 to 10 pounds, falling from 50 feet can cause serious injury.
Dying or decaying limbs can make a tree prone to infection. Although this is bad for any tree, if you rely on your tree for fruit production this is something you want to prevent early. Pruning away dying areas of a tree encourage better growth throughout, which in hand promotes healthier fruit production over all.
Pruning at the right time and in the proper ways can be critical. It is fairly easy to kill a healthy tree with improper pruning methods such as over pruning, or even neglect. Pruning should also enhance the shape of the tree.