The 'When' of Tree Services
Tree Services Through the Seasons
It is fall! As you drive around your neighborhood, you see one neighbor planting trees while another is trimming trees. Now, you ask yourself, 'Is it safe to plant or safe to cut?'
Tree services happen all year round. Some services have more specific seasons than others, and we are here to help with the details!
Fall Tree Services
Fall is a time most of us use to prepare for winter. We clean up our summer gardens, move potted plants inside, rake leaves, and pick up twigs or branches. But can we prune back our flowers, shrubs and trim our trees?
For flowers and shrubs, it is best to wait. So often in our fall clean up, we get carried away, cutting them back. The ideal time is late winter, once the harshest temperatures move through your region. Pruning in the fall puts plants at risk of sprouting new growth if warm temperatures move into the area. Late winter pruning allows plants to go dormant for the winter and begin new growth in the spring.
Trees, on the other hand, may need to be trimmed in the fall.
When to Trim Your Trees
Dead or weak branches should come down before further damage occurs. Dead branches may have disease or infestations that can spread to the rest of the tree or other trees on the property. Weak limbs are at risk of breaking away during storms or windy days. Limbs forcefully breaking can lead to severe damage to an otherwise healthy, mature tree. Inexperienced limb removal can also lead to permanent damage. Hiring a professional tree service is the best way to ensure proper limb removal and preserve the tree's health.
Other Fall Tree Services
Trees that lean far to one side or grow at an abnormal angle require attention. Sometimes they start leaning over our homes, garages, driveways, or sidewalks. We recommend making an appointment with a professional regarding tree bracing or cabling. With winter coming, snowfall or ice storms can increase the stress put on unbalanced trees. Unbalanced trees are dangerous trees, and the added weight from heavy precipitation can cause trees to give way. Tree Cabling Systems can help support the weight of a tree, reducing the risk of falling.
These systems can be applied throughout the year to help young trees grow in a sustainable position.
Another tree service to consider for your winter preparation, stump grinding services. Stumps by nature can be a hazard in anyone's yard. Cover them with leaves or snow, and they become a hidden hazard. Fall is a great time to get these taken care of. In addition to grinding up stumps, fall is an optimal time to seed the area after removal. If you plant seeds in late fall, close to a hard frost, cover the seeds with a thin layer of dirt or mulch. Covering protects dormant seeds allowing them to thrive in spring.
Planting in Fall
Planting in the fall allows young trees to take root but comes with risk. Young trees require ample water to take root. If your area remains dry in the fall, you will need to supplement the water supply. It is best practice to work with an arborist for advice and guidance. Putting trees in the ground too late may expose young trees to frost damage. The timing, species of tree, hardiness, and planting zone all play a role in the success of fall planting.Maple, Sycamore, and Pine trees are quite hardy and planted in the fall.
Tree Service Professionals
Our arborists provide high-quality tree services to the Peoria, Illinois area. We proudly offer all of the services discussed in this blog, as well as emergency tree removal. For all of your tree service needs, contact Peoria Trees at 309-273-1100
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