Keeping your trees in line
Keeping your trees groomed is vital, do not underestimate the importance of tree trimming. The first and foremost reason to keep your trees groomed is to keep people around them safe. When a tree grows to wild it can damage buildings, electricity cables and more. To keep people safe a tree should be taken care of.
The second ( and just as valid ) reason to trim your tree is that it is healthier for the tree itself. Believe it or not, trimming a tree does not damage its integrity. quite the opposite. Keeping a tree or bush well groomed means the tree can grow healthily without wasting its energy on redundant, en cumbersome areas it could do without.
The way a tree is trimmed can influence the way the tree itself actually forms. A tree or bush can be encouraged to grow in a certain direction or shape with pruning. Take for example topiary trees. This can also help the tree in that factors such as weight distribution are acknowledged meaning a pruned tree is less likely to fall in a storm for example.
Over pruning however can be as dangerous as not pruning at all so be sure not to over do it and if you are not sure, well then get some expert help! Over pruning a tree can cause it to wither or die if it is pruned in such a way that it does not photosynthesize enough energy.
Knowing the best time to prune is also an important thing to factor in grooming. Trees should always be pruned in the autumn or the winter. This is when the tree is less active and when the tree is least likely to be negatively affected by pruning, whereas in the summer or spring improper grooming can cripple a tree’s growth and even be fatal.
It is important when a tree is trimmed that the trees limbs are not damaged, destroyed or removed. This is because a tree needs these to stay upright and healthy
Aside from the health of the tree and safety of others grooming a tree can be a great way to improve the appearance of the tree itself. For example a tree could be trimmed into a natural shape, but well groomed and tidy or in the case of topiary trees and bushes they can actually be pruned into a desired shape for effect. You may see examples of this in expensive houses, or well maintained establishments like golfing greens. This can turn a tree into a gorgeous centerpiece
Remember , Trimming a tree can be dangerous, if there is anything you are not absolutely confident doing than ask a professional! Incorrect trimming can be catastrophic.
So don’t forget to trim your trees, be it for safety, integrity or beauty but always be sure it is done safely, carefully and correctly to ensure the best result. With just a little bit of work you will be seeing trees in a new light, and it won’t be long until you are proud of all your accomplishments! Give your tree new life today.