Some homeowners neglect having their trees trimmed, often because they don't want to go to the expense or don't understand the importance of trimming. But having your trees trimmed once a year does more than keep them looking tidy. By spending a little money on annual pruning now, you'll be preventing a number of common problems later on.
Some fungal diseases, like anthracnose, just leave your tree's leaves looking spotty. Others, like Dutch elm disease, can leave your tree dead within weeks. Having to clean up fallen, fungus-laden leaves is no fun, and having a badly infected or dead tree removed can be costly. It's a lot easier and more affordable to protect your tree from fungal diseases in the first place, and annual pruning is an important part of disease prevention.
When you have your tree pruned regularly, you keep the branches from growing in too densely. This allows air to flow through the tree more freely, keeping the branches dryer. Dry branches are a lot less appealing to fungi than are moist branches. Plus, if there are any branches that are beginning to show signs of disease, your tree care expert can often remove them before the infection has a chance to spread to the rest of the tree.
If a main branch gets too weighed down by excessive twigs and foliage, it may crack. Then, you're at risk of having the cracked branch fall on a person or structure below. Insects may also be attracted to the sap in the crack, and they can infect your tree with certain fungal infections when they come to visit.
While cracked branches can sometimes be repaired, the process is intensive and involves using bolts and cables for stability. Crack prevention through regular pruning is faster and easier.
Have you ever seen a tree that looks completely lopsided or one with far more branches on one side than the other? These undesirable growth patterns do not happen overnight. But once a tree is so badly imbalanced, your tree care expert may not be able to fully correct its shape, since removing too much foliage at once can weaken the tree.
When you have your tree trimmed regularly, your arborist can slowly remove branches, a few at a time, to help "shape" the tree and encourage a more ideal growth pattern. Trees that are shaped desirably are not just attractive; they are also less likely to get uprooted in a storm or damaged by high winds.
Structural and Power Line Damage
If you allow a tree to weave its branches into nearby power lines, your arborist may have no other choice than to remove an excessive amount of foliage, leaving the tree weak and misshapen. On the other hand, if you have your tree trimmed every year, a professional can remove a few branches at a time to keep the tree from ever reaching the power lines.
Utility companies will sometimes trim trees that are near the power lines or are interfering with them. However, there is no guarantee that the people who trim the trees know what's best for your trees or will use the same careful pruning practices as a tree care company. If you care about your trees' health, it's best to have them pruned by a certified arborist, such as one at Sal's Landscaping & Tree Service.
Having your trees trimmed once a year may seem like overkill, but when you consider all of the problems you'll prevent, this service really is worth the cost. Some trees may need to be trimmed more often than others, but if you have your tree care company out once a year, they can at least give each tree a once-over and trim the trees that most need pruning.