Once trees are past the sapling stage, they’ll grow wonderfully on their own – for the most part. Tree pruning is one of the yard maintenance tasks that should be done regularly to help keep the trees in good shape, help prevent potential issues, and help the tree thrive. When it’s time to prune the trees on a property, hiring a professional tree service to handle the job is always a good idea.
Why Prune Trees?
Trees can be pruned for numerous different reasons. Often, tree pruning is done to remove dead or dying branches and to allow more light to filter through to the ground below. More light filtering through the trees can help the plants below, like grass, grow better, and removing dead or dying branches is a way to minimize potential damage during severe storms. Pruning can also be done to remove pests or diseases that are at risk of spreading to other parts of the tree or other trees on the property.
When to Tackle the Pruning
Pruning should be done at certain times during the year based on the type of tree. Deciduous trees, or those that lose their leaves each year, should be pruned during the late fall or winter seasons. Flowering trees should be pruned after they bloom, which is often during the spring. New trees should not be pruned until they are larger, and when they are pruned, the number of branches removed should be minimal. A professional tree service can provide recommendations on when to prune the trees in a yard.
Why It’s Not a DIY Task
It’s tempting for many homeowners to tackle the pruning on their own and save money, but this is never a good idea. Some of the potential hazards of DIY pruning include the following:
Pruning involves tools that can be dangerous, especially when the person is on a ladder and may not have good balance as a result. Every year, thousands of homeowners are injured due to trying to prune their own trees.
Depending on the height of the tree, a longer ladder may be needed to tackle the pruning. If the ladder isn’t balanced properly, is shaky, or ends up falling, the person tackling the pruning can be severely injured in a fall.
Potential for Damage
Pruning involves removing branches, some of which can be larger than expected. When they fall after being cut, they can cause serious damage to anything below. Often, branches don’t fall in an expected way, which means that no matter how careful the person is, there could be damage.
Cost for Tools and Equipment
Homeowners who don’t already own a chainsaw, pruning shears, a tall enough ladder, safety equipment, and anything else needed for the job will find they spend a significant amount of money getting all of the supplies before beginning the job.
Dangers of Pruning Too Much
Pruning leaves wounds on the tree where any branches are removed. These have to heal, but if the tree is pruned at the wrong time or too much is pruned at once, the tree may not be able to recover. This could lead to a dead tree in the yard or be an invitation for pests and diseases that will cause further damage.
Getting an Estimate
Instead of risking a DIY pruning job, it’s a far better idea to work with a team of professionals who have experience pruning trees in Peoria, Illinois. Homeowners can call for an estimate at any time. The professionals will take a look at the trees, provide recommendations for which ones to prune and when to have it done, and offer an estimate for the cost. Homeowners can then decide if they’d like to have the trees pruned or get answers to any questions they have before scheduling the job.
Is it time to prune the trees in your yard? If it hasn’t been done in years – or ever before – now is a great time to talk to a professional tree service and learn more about tree pruning. Call the pros today to schedule an estimate for the job or to get more information on how to tell if your trees need to be pruned. CALL TREE SERVICES PEORIA: 309-273-1100