Tree Trimming & Pruning
At Canton Tree Service, we’re proud of the work that we’ve carried out since our inception – and this is particularly true of the tree trimming and pruning work we’ve done across the years in Canton, Ohio. These processes can have a profound impact on the health and appearance of trees, when done properly, and if you’re the kind of person that cares about the growth and visual quality of the trees on your property, this isn’t something you can afford to ignore. There are a range of solid reasons to consider investing some of your money in a thorough tree trimming and pruning service – a few of which we’ll run through below. Read on further for more information on this service provision, and why it might just be what you’re looking for.
Tree Trimming and Pruning
You might be familiar with the terms tree trimming and tree pruning, but what exactly are they, and how do they differ from one another? In simple terms, tree trimming is the process where an arborist trims the branches of a tree to bolster the growth and health of the entire tree’s infrastructure – and this is usually carried out a couple of times a year (depending on the species of the tree). Tree pruning is where an arborist removes any unwanted branches from the tree, either because they’re dying or broken, or because they’re growing in an imbalanced or unstable fashion. Both of these processes have their uses, and they should generally be used in conjunction with one another.
We love to see trees across Canton growing and flourishing, and one of the ways that we can make sure that’s happening is by carrying out tree trimming services for our customers. Trees that experience professional tree trimming tend to grow stronger, with more lustrous leaves and stronger trunks and branches. They’re also more likely to have better fruit and flower production – so the benefits really are quite substantial. In the past, we’ve come across people who thought this was a destructive procedure – but, really, the opposite is the case!
While the number one concern for our arborists is always the health of the tree that they’re treating, we do care about the visual quality of the structures too. Our tree pruning service will remove awkwardly growing branches which might be ruining the tree’s aesthetic, and any broken or diseased branches will no longer have an impact on the rest of the tree either. This is an excellent way to help manage the visual look of your outdoor spaces.
You might think that these services are pretty straightforward, after all, you’re only witnessing the cutting of branches here and there, right? Wrong! This isn’t the case at all. These are quite complex and very nuanced processes which require deep arboreal knowledge. If you carry out these processes at the wrong times, or in the wrong places, then you can actually cause serious harm to your trees. Do the best for these treasured belongings, and trust in our professionals instead.
When is the ideal time to trim and prune trees?
Having trees in your yard can provide a great number of benefits including shade, beautiful colors, a home for wildlife to watch, and pleasant smells. It is easy to take for granted this landscape item. Everyone knows you have to cut your grass regularly, but often trees are neglected. Tree trimming many times remains an unchecked item on the homeowner's to-do list. Many homeowners can't reach the branches that need to be trimmed and don't want to lug out the ladder or feel unsteady on a ladder on uneven grass. For larger branches, they may be intimidated by that idea of getting out I saw or power equipment. However, pruning and trimming trees is an important aspect of maintaining tree health.
To ensure optimal tree health, there are better times to trim and prune than others.
Tree pruning is the action of removing dead branches or those damaged. Tree pruning should be done as needed throughout the year. Dead branches are a danger to homeowners and their families if they fall on someone or something. Damaged branches can be a danger to the tree's overall health if the damage allows insect infestation, moisture penetration for rotting, or diseases to penetrate the tree. Therefore, pruning due to damage many times should be done immediately regardless of the time of year or season.
Tree trimming is the action of cutting back healthy branches that may extend too far, hang too low, or result in a misshapen tree. Tree trimming allows you to achieve a beautiful tree shape and size for your yard. Tree trimming should be avoided after the tree starts blooming which is typically in the spring. Trimming a blooming tree will resolve stunted growth for the year. If minor trimming is needed in the spring or summer months for small low-hanging branches, it's best to wait until the tree has fully bloomed. Trimming in the spring and summer can stimulate growth and isn't an issue to do a minor trimming. We would not recommend trimming large amounts of branches at this time as it may shock the tree.
Ideally, tree trimming should occur when a tree is fully dormant in the late fall or winter. At this time, the tree can be trimmed back without the risk of shocking the tree. The tree has its energy stored for the winter and growth has halted. Trimming too early in the fall when the tree is not fully dormant can put stress on the tree as it stimulates growth in a tree that needs to be conserving energy to store up for the long winter.
Regardless of when you trim or prune, it needs to be performed properly to ensure insect and disease do not become a factor. Using sharp tools that are clean, having proper cutting techniques, and understanding the needs of the specific tree species are important. Our professionals understand the factors which go into properly pruning and trimming trees and can ensure your tree's health. Let our team do the heavy lifting for you. Contact us today for a free quote on your tree trimming needs!