Just like you must have regular maintenance done to your car in order to keep it running and looking good, you must also have regular maintenance done to the plants and trees in your yard. A big part of that maintenance is pruning and trimming, whether you are trying to keep your bushes and trees at a certain height or shape, or merely removing dead branches, or dying fronds.
Your plants go through a natural process of growth and death, which require proper care and maintenance to ensure they stay healthy. The fact of the matter is that trees that have been neglected are not just ugly to look at, they are a liability and possibly a ticking time bomb, especially as during hurricane season. Dead limbs can fall, puncturing your roof or damaging your car or even worse, injuring your family or pets. Properly controlling growth is about more than just appearance.
At Peer Landscaping, we know how to properly prune your trees so that we don’t cause weak spots that cause limbs to crack or break off. We will cut your tree so that it grows in a balanced and proper shape that is both symmetrical looking and balanced for proper growth. A professional tree trimming can also spur growth in slow-growing trees. You can increase the value of your property and curb appeal by having us properly maintain your trees every year.
Here are a number of different ways we can improve your trees through proper trimming and pruning:
- Removing dead wood—Deadwood is hazardous because it can fall at any time, and it can be blown off the tree by heavy storm winds. We will carefully cut away any dead wood, while avoiding cutting into the healthy parts of the tree. This will minimize damage, and also eliminate this entry point for insects, bacteria and fungi which can damage the healthy parts of the tree.
- Removal of parasites—Parasitic plants like mistletoe will kill a tree if left to its own devices.
- Thinning—There are several reasons to thin a tree. We thin for light and wind filtration, as well as visibility. A thinning cut is made on a branch, all the way back to the tree trunk or a major limb. This can open up a tree and also control its height.
- Weighty limbs—We will eliminate weight at the end of limbs to prevent the limb from splitting.
- Shaping—Ornamental shrubs, trees and hedges look fantastic when they are cut back and shaped!
- Heading cut—This type of cut is made toward the end of a branch near a node or growing point to make a branch create multiple growing points or break buds.
- Crossed branches—When branches cross, they can cause a weak point in the tree and also can rub together giving parasitic plants and pathogens access to the tree. We will remove the smaller of those branches to strengthen the tree.
What we listed here are all the positive reasons to prune your trees, but there are a number of things we must avoid as well. Some tree trimmers will tell you that your taller trees are a hazard during hurricanes and should be “topped.” Topping or hatracking, is a process where someone prunes off the entire top half of a tree’s branches taking 50% or more of the tree’s canopy. Topping is illegal and for good reason. It causes a lot of harm to a tree. It opens the interior of the tree which can cause the branches and leaves in there to scalding in the hot sun. It also creates massive regrowth with three to four branches sprouting at each cut, and that massive regrowth creates a weak canopy that is vulnerable in high winds. We avoid that and instead we will reduce a tree’s height by drop-crotching, which is using a thinning cut on higher branches and cutting them back to laterals at least one-third the diameter of the limb being removed. This prevents the weakness that occurs during topping.
Summer is a good time to get your pruning done here in Southwest Florida, so give us a call for all your pruning needs 239-645-6455 #SWFLlandscaping #pruneyourtrees