Just like indoor plants, having a tree in your yard means you have one more thing on your property to look after. Homeowners often assume that because a tree grows by itself, it does not require care or attention. Even though trees do not require daily maintenance, like indoor plants, they still need to be looked after.
Trees in your home's landscaping add aesthetic appeal, and as Real Property Group points out, they improve the value of your property. But if those plants are neglected, you could lose the benefits they provide, and they may harm your property's value or pose a danger to your home.
One of the ways to look after trees is by trimming and pruning them regularly. Unfortunately, many homeowners tend to view the money spent on tree trimming and pruning as a waste. They try to avoid that expense by neglecting the trees on their property.
But failing to look after the trees on your lot could cost you more money than you hoped to save. If like most homeowners, you view tree maintenance as an unnecessary cost, this post will explain why it is an investment and not an expense. It will show you that looking after your trees benefits you, the homeowner, more than it helps the trees.
What is the difference between trimming and pruning a tree?
When you trim a tree, you cut back overgrown portions of the plant. But when you prune it, you remove dead, diseased, and loose stems and branches—in other words, trimming deals with controlling healthy growth, while pruning is about removing unhealthy growth.
Both trimming and pruning are necessary for tree health and are usually carried out simultaneously. Here are the reasons to do them regularly.
To improve the tree's appearance
If they are not regularly trimmed, trees may grow in a manner that is unbalanced and distorted. The tree's branches can project in directions that give the plant an odd shape. Trimming the tree will remove twisted branches and uneven growth; it will enhance the plant's shape.
Regular trimming ensures that a tree has a healthy structure and is not unwieldy or overbalanced in any direction. It ensures that there will be no need for future corrective pruning, and it boosts the tree's impact on the property's curb appeal.
To boost the aesthetics of your landscape
The way trees are allowed to grow can affect the property's landscape and interfere with the vitality of other plants in the yard. If tree branches are too densely packed, they can prevent grass and flowers growing beneath the canopy from getting enough sunlight.
Additionally, if the tree's branches are too tight, they will stile air circulation and create unhealthy conditions within the interlocking branches. Trimming away excessive growth allows more sunlight and moisture to reach those branches that are left. It makes the tree stronger and results in better overall tree health.
For better management of insects and pests
Plants will naturally attract insects. While most insects are not harmful to a tree, some insects can and do carry diseases. And some insects are pests. Trees that are left untrimmed, and become unhealthy as a result, often have conditions conducive to the proliferation of harmful insects.
Such trees are also less resilient to disease, and parts of them can become infected and die. If the tree is close enough to your home, insects could spread to the house, putting its inhabitants at risk. This is in addition to the fact that too many insects can damage a tree's foliage. Certain insects can also colonize the plant and kill it off, denying you of the tree's benefit to your home's curb appeal.
For people's safety
Dead and diseased tree branches are prone to fall. They pose a serious injury threat to people, as well as animals. Such branches are liable to fall on the home and damage it. But even if a tree does not have dead or diseased branches, it may still present a danger to people.
If its branches are not trimmed but are allowed to grow chaotically, the tree can become unbalanced. In heavy winds or a severe storm, those branches can get torn away and fall on the home, or the tree itself could come crashing down.
Securing lives and property is the number one reason for managing the way a tree grows. A well-trimmed tree is more resilient and able to resist wind and storm better. It poses less danger.
For a better view
Keeping a tree's branches under control will let you have a better view of your yard or any natural feature visible from your home. This increases your enjoyment of the house, its security, and the value of the property.
Regular tree trimming and pruning give homeowners control of their yard and peace of mind. By maintaining the trees on their premises, they reserve all the benefits that a tree offers. At the same time, they protect themselves from the adverse consequences of having a tree in the yard. If you're looking for someone to come out and give your trees a trim, give Peoria Trees a call