Unlike many other tree service elements, which are largely to do with force and strength, proper tree trimming requires another level of precision and care.
While tree trimming is used on all sizes of tree and limb, the concept is pretty much the same for any tree: accuracy and method make the difference between a healthy tree and a damaged one.
Trimming trees is an art, and proper tree trimming always aims at quality, down to the smallest cut. Large trees often have limb trimming performed for safety, to prevent the limb from snapping off and falling onto a vehicle or structure. Small trees are trimmed to promote healthy growth and full leaves. Either way, tree trimming is focussed on accuracy. Here’s some things we do to ensure that:
When trimming large limbs, some considerations may seem obvious, but need to be stated nonetheless. For example, we need to make sure that we don’t run the risk of dropping the limb onto the very thing being saved by the trimming.
We also have to make sure that limb-lopping the specified area is not going to weaken the rest of the tree, or otherwise harm it. This includes understanding the root system, and the lean of the tree.
At times, it may be necessary to trim limbs that were not originally intended, wither to maintain balance and growth trajectory, or in the case of dead or diseased parts.
Small trees require somewhat regular trimming to stay healthy. Some species of trees that you may have in a garden will create tangles of branches if not trimmed properly, which can damage them in the long run.
Outside of general health, small trees become overgrown quickly and need to be trimmed in order to keep their visual appeal. The overgrowth causes the garden to look sloppy, and to harbor more critters than desired.
It’s cheesy but true: a healthy tree is a happy tree. Small trees that are regularly trimmed live longer, grow fuller, and produce more beautiful foliage than ones that aren’t.
Depending on the tree type, size and purpose, your needs for trimming may vary. As stated before, safety and beauty are the primary reasons to trim your trees, and the benefits to the trees are considerable.
Have you ever seen a person who hasn’t had a haircut in years, or a wash? What do you notice about their hair? It’s often matted and smelly (signs of an unhealthy scalp), with much to be desired in terms of hygiene.
Trees are similar. Trimming trees keeps them healthy on the inside; many times a tree can develop disease, or get termites, that damage parts of it. This causes rot and instability. Trimming becomes a necessary option for saving the tree.
Similarly, young and small trees can be trimmed to look their best, allowing the best parts of them to keep growing while we eliminate problem areas that pose a risk to the tree in the future.
In this way, trees are very similar to people. They need to be trimmed and shaped the way people need haircuts and shampoo. Otherwise, what we end up with is a messy, unhealthy tree that can often pose a hazard to our property.