Experts performing tree pruning and trimming services make it seem easy, but there is so much more to it than just cutting here and there. While some tasks can be done on your own using your pruners and saws, most of them are best left to the pros. According to the experts, the right pruning and trimming has to do with what portions to cut, how much, and when to do it.
The terms trimming and pruning are often interchangeably used to denote cutting trees, but for clarification, just remember trimming has to do with grooming. Pruning has to do with the tree's health, as well as the safety of people and structures near the tree.
People have tree pruning and trimming services for four general classifications, two of which have to do with trimming and the others related to pruning. The first, trimming or fine pruning, entails cutting to improve the tree's appearance. The second, standard pruning, involves more cutting to improve the tree's structure.
The third, safety pruning or hazard pruning, is one where branches are removed because of safety considerations. When branches hang too low causing any danger, those trees are pruned. The fourth, crown reduction, involves removing the branches on the tops or sides of trees. This is usually done to prevent trees from reaching utility lines or damaging roofs, and to allow air and sunlight to reach the inner branches.
Pruning the Right Way
Tree pruning and trimming services, when done by trained professionals, ensure that your trees are pruned correctly and efficiently. If you intend to do the pruning on your own, refrain from using climbing spurs, which can damage tree trunks and barks. See to it that the barks on the edges of the pruning cuts are still attached firmly. As for large, heavy branches, make sure to cut them in sections to prevent the bark from tearing or splitting. Remember to use ropes to lower the large branches do not throw them to the ground.
Pruning the Right Time
You can have tree pruning and trimming services at any time of the year these services depend on the kinds of trees you have. Flowering trees that bloom in spring can be trimmed or pruned right after they flowering. Those that bloom in summer have to be pruned in early spring. It is recommended to prune fruit-bearing trees during late winter to give them shape and allow sunlight to shine on the tree's centre.
Hardwood trees or shrubs without flowers are best pruned in the dormant season, during late fall or winter. As for dead branches, these can be cut at any time of the year.
Tree Pruning and Trimming Services from the Experts
Cutting tree branches is not as simple as it appears. It is a risky situation that, without the proper tools and equipment, can lead to accidents. When doing the pruning and trimming yourself, make sure to fasten yourself to a tree using at least two secure points. Work with someone who will raise the cutting tools to you. Keep yourself protected with gloves, safety glasses, and a hard hat.
If everything else fails, do not fret there are always professionals who are willing and able to do tree pruning and trimming services for you.
Tree trimming services are important to keep the trees in your yard looking great and healthy. If you have a tree that is damaged you should consider a tree removal service to ensure it will not damage your home during a storm or heavy wind.
Let us help you with your pruning and trimming of trees. Tree-Surgeon Essex is made up of a team of professional arborists that love working with trees all year round. If you need help with trees in Essex, then give us a call today on 01708 578 017.
We offer advice on:
- Tree Pruning
- Tree Removal or felling trees
- Crown lifting/raising
- Crown thinning
- Crown reduction
- Stump grinding/removal
- Hedge trimming
- Site clearance
If you are wanting to prune your tree, your tree surgeon may recommend that they do ‘crown thinning’ for your tree. This is the removal of select branches to thin out the fullness of the tree.
Why would you do crown thinning to a tree?
Shaping your tree
Crown thinning is an excellent way to re-shape a tree. An arborist can remove branches which are too close to others or branches that are weak. Sometimes you will have branches that cross over and rub against each other – these would be pruned.
Let in the light in
A tree can get bushy over time. But it can get too dense too. When leaves and branches are not getting enough light and nutrients, it is recommended to thin the tree out. Your tree will be stronger and healthier for it in the long run.
Stronger in stormier conditions
In periods of high winds, when a tree is too dense the tree is likely to be uprooted. As the wind cannot easily pass through, the tree topples over. If it is a large tree can do a lot of damage to the grounds and nearby buildings, fences etc. It may also fall and obstruct a road; causing a great deal of inconvenience.
An overgrown tree can become a fabulous place for insects and disease to thrive. In the crown thinning process branches which have evidence of insect or disease/damage will be cut off.
Better growth for the tree
When trees have been thinned out, it gives it a better chance of producing flowers and fruit. Why? Because there will be fewer branches competing for sunlight and they have a better chance of receiving the nutrients that they need.
Crown thinning is more expensive than tree pruning, but it will reap rewards going forward.
By hiring a professional tree surgeon to undertake crown thinning, you can expect to enjoy many years of benefit to the tree.
At Tree Surgeon Essex, we offer the following tree services across Havering, Brentwood, Basildon and Chelmsford:
Tree removal or felling trees
Crown lifting or Crown raising
Emergency tree care
Call us today on: 01708 578 017