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Benefits of Tree Trimming

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Published: 03/20/2018 by Home Pros Guide

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Do you own a home with a backyard or front yard full of trees? Tree trimming can help you improve your curb appeal with a little fine pruning and crown reduction. There are many benefits homeowners reap from tree trimming, but you first need to find out the type of tree trimming your home property needs.

Fine Pruning is removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance.

Standard Pruning involves a bit more heavy cutting and is done to enhance the tree’s branch structure.

Hazard Trimming is recommended for trees that pose safety concerns. This typically involves removing branches that are two inches or more in diameter.

Crown Reduction Trimming usually involves the removal of major branches, and should only  be done when there is significant dieback, storm damage, or when branches are interfering with power lines. In these cases, one should never remove more than one third of the tree’s crown.

Benefits

1. Proper trimming can improve the health of your trees by eliminating branches that are dead or dying. These branches are often dangerous, and removing them reduces the risk of harm to your family and damage your property.

 2. Trimming your trees will increase sun exposure and air circulation throughout the tree and underlying landscape, which will improve the tree’s health. 

3. Pruning fruit trees can actually improve the size and quantity of the crop. Fruit trees should be pruned in late winter for shape and to expose the center of the tree to sunlight.

4. Newly planted trees should be pruned to compensate for root loss and to begin training the tree for shape.

5. Tree trimming can also simply open up your property and improve your view.

Winter tree trimming

It’s a very good idea to prune your trees during the winter. It allows a burst of new growth once spring returns and it can really lead to a fuller, more mature look for the tree later down the road.

Summer tree trimming

Pruning in the summer is smart if you want to slow branch growth and keep the tree at a certain size. Cutting back branches after a spring growth spurt allows for more of the food manufactured in the tree’s leaves to be sent straight to the roots, making the tree stronger.