Landscape Maintenance: Tree Trimming
Well Kept Healthy Trees
Keeping trees trimmed is vital to property safety as well as tree health. Occasionally some tree trimming is for cosmetic purposes but is still essential to tree health. You may choose to trim your smaller trees. We recommend your local tree service professionals for larger, more mature trees.
Why Trimming is Important
Unkept trees risk growing in a non-self-sustaining direction. Trunks and branches can split, growing in two separate directions causing a weak point in the tree. These weak points are prone to splitting or breaking. When a tree's limbs break away, they can cause damage the surrounding buildings, landscape, and themselves. When it comes to young trees, keeping them trimmed is essential for their health, proper growth, and preventing weak spots.
When a tree limb breaks, it exposes the tree's inner wood, leaving it susceptible to parasites and fungus, leading to further tree death and putting other trees at risk of infestation.
If a large limb falls, it poses a risk to other limbs on the way down. If multiple limbs give way, the results may be a dangerously lopsided tree, putting the tree at risk of falling. In some cases, tree cabling may save the tree, but the entire tree may need to be cut down in severe cases.
Another reason for keeping trees trimmed is to keep branches from reaching over structures. Branches that grow over structures are not only at risk of falling, but they can cause damage scraping against surfaces. Tree limbs that rest on or near structures can damage fences, siding, shingled, or metal roofs. They can damage or break away gutter systems. If the tree branch drops a lot of leaves or debris, it can easily clog gutters.
In some residential communities, tree trimming is the neighborly thing to do. If a tree on your property grows over your neighbor's property line, you are still responsible for the tree. If your tree begins to reach their fences or structures, you are responsible for trimming it.
Tools Required for Tree Trimming
Depending on the size of the branch you are trimming will determine the tool you will need. You can often trim small, young trees with hand-held pruning shears. Branches with a bit more circumference may require long-handled shears. You may also consider using a pole saw or chain saw. Before attempting to trim your trees, it is essential to thoroughly research techniques along with safety practices. It's recommended that you wear gloves, safety glasses, and closed-toe footwear. When using a chainsaw, there are pants or chaps to protect your legs. Without proper experience, tree trimming can quickly become dangerous.
For mature or tall trees, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Limbs cut from lofty heights are likely to fall unpredictably without proper knowledge. Ladder placement is essential. It is best practice not to lean a ladder against a limb that you are going to cut.
Tree service professionals have the knowledge, equipment, and special vehicles to get the job done safely.
Finding a Tree Trimming Company
Once you've decided to hire a tree trimming company, you can start the process of finding one. Your neighbors are a great resource to start! If you're new to town or find that no one had experiences to offer, you can turn to the internet. Reading online reviews for a company you are considering will help you determine if they may be right for you.
Once you have a list of professionals, you can begin calling companies. Most tree service professionals will come out to your location and assess the task before providing a quote.
After speaking with each company, you will be able to make your decision.
Choosing Tree Services Peoria
At Peoria Tree Services, we have the experience and equipment to trim your trees professionally and safely. Contact us today for your free quote!