Tree Maintenance Can Increase Your Property Value

Tree Maintenance Can Increase Your Property Value

Pruning is preventative maintenance, and helps to produce healthy, strong and attractive trees. This is achieved by following a few simple principles. Begin by understanding how, when, and why pruning is necessary.

Why Prune

For safety of life and property (remove hazards). For the health of the tree. For appearance.

Prune to Achieve These Goals By: Thinning the canopy of the tree to lessen wind resistance, increase light penetration, improve structure, and prevent future dead branches. Removing dead wood in the canopy to promote safety and allow for faster healing. Raising canopy to provide more light for ground cover, as well as clearance for people, homes, vehicles, sightlines, traffic signs, and other plants. Reducing canopy height or reach to avoid power lines, homes, and other trees.

Avoid Bad Pruning Practices, Which Are: Topping and Tipping—removing the height or reach of a branch by cutting limb leaving a stub. Over Pruning—removing more than 25% of a tree’s canopy at a time or raising the canopy too high both causing health concerns for the tree. As a rule, trees should have 1/3 trunk showing and 2/3 canopy remaining.

When to Prune

Best—Pruning is best done when the trees is dormant. During winter while insects and fungus are absent the tree has more time to begin healing before the threat of insects and fungus begin. Good—Pruning at other times of the year will, in most cases, not hurt the tree. This is the time when most pruning is done, and is generally acceptable.

Bad—Pay special attention to Oak and American Elm tree pruning times. Each of these trees has fatal disease threats during Spring and Summer months. Don’t prune oaks from late March through July. Likewise don’t prune elms from mid-April to late July. Fall pruning of elms should be avoided. Early Spring is the ideal pruning time for elm trees.

Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Prune Spring-flowering trees and shrubs right after they bloom to ensure next year’s blossoms. Trees that bloom in the Summer and Fall should be pruned in the Winter months during dormancy.

Painting Wounds

Painting the wounds can slow the healing process and in some cases increase decay. Painting wounds on oak and elm can help to prevent disease during Summer months.

Tree Removal

Trees are wonderful when healthy and safe. A tree is a hazard when it has decay, is hollow, splitting, leaning, too close to power lines, dying or dead, has outgrown its space, etc. When any of these conditions exist, it is important to determine whether your tree can be saved or if removal is necessary. It is important to act promptly when these defects are discovered so the proper action can be taken to avoid injury or property damage. Often times, a hazard left untreated is more costly to treat in the future as the hazard worsens over time.

Questions? Get Help.

If you have questions or concerns, call a tree service company. Most can evaluate you tree concerns free of charge and are very helpful.

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