Residential Tree Pruning and Maintenance

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Most suburbs have trees to contend with in one way or another. Some trees are small, backyard trees that grow fruit for a homeowner. Others are relics of decades gone by, growing up near homes that have seen families come and go. It’s easy to look at a neighborhood tree and think that it is the way it always has been, and always will be. In reality, without proper residential tree pruning, without regular maintenance, your trees can become a serious hazard to people and property.

The case for residential tree pruning service

To most people, pruning is pruning. Sadly this is not the case. Improper pruning can make pruning necessary on an annual basis, or force the tree to grow faster, weaker and more susceptible to insects and disease.

Proper pruning has a number of benefits for both the tree and the average homeowner:

  • Proper pruning reduces the chances of failure – Dead or diseased branches are generally weaker than healthy branches. Powerful storms and high speed winds can turn these branches into dangerous projectiles. Animals or people climbing these branches could be seriously injured when they break with little to no warning. Additionally, if a diseased branch is left unchecked, the rest of the tree could become affected.
  • Pruning can outright prevent or limit disease – Proper tree pruning encourages strong, healthy growth in many trees. Healthy trees that are growing vigorously tend to be better equipped to deal with disease.
  • A tree’s appearance improves with good pruning Pruning doesn’t just remove branches, it controls how they grow and regrow. Regular pruning helps ‘train’ a tree to grow in a desired way. Many trees hold a proper pruning for several years, with some species holding a prune for up to a decade.
  • Pruning controls the size of the tree – If the tree’s crown is too large, a residential tree pruning regimen can reduce the overall height and size of the tree without causing lasting harm. This protects property around the tree, and can restore a scenic vista the tree is blocking. Pruning low hanging branches can also prevent injuries to people, and even prevent damage to passing vehicles.

The dangers of improper residential tree pruning

Topping and “lion’s tailing” (cutting all interior branches leaving only the smallest of limbs at the very tips) are sadly common practices that cause more harm than good. While many species of trees do survive topping, it leaves them weakened against disease and pests. In general, large pruning cuts should be avoided unless an imminent hazard is present. Proper pruning is always done out on the ends of a branch, with cuts 3” and under.

The reality is that the average homeowner, or non-ISA Qualified landscaper, will not always know how to properly prune a tree, why they should prune, or when. Improper pruning can quite easily lead to tree failure. Large pruning cuts exposes trees to disease. Pests gravitate towards pruning wounds, especially wood borer insects, as this bypasses the tree’s protective bark.

Trust Fallen Leaf Tree Management for proper pruning

Pruning is what we are most proud of, and this is why we train our staff to be the best at all applications. We field crews of all sizes, with certified tree workers on each crew. Fallen Leaf handles jobs of any size for all neighborhood needs, whether it’s the prized Japanese maples, or the native oak sheltering your home.

Our tree workers certify through the International Society of Arboriculture, the standard of professionalism in the field. We spend an hour of in-house classroom time every week. This provides additional training in pruning, hazard recognition, insects and disease. This means our certified tree workers guarantee you a safer and more beautiful tree. All of our certified tree workers are under the supervision of one or more of our certified arborists. This ensures your trees are pruned within industry standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Society of Arborists.

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