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After we moved into a new home, I realized that the trees out front needed some serious attention. They were overgrown, tired-looking, and a little dangerous, so I started working with professional arborists to have them trimmed. It was a lot of work, but before we knew it, things had really improved. By the time they were finished pruning the branches, the trees didn't block the view of our home and we really felt like they would bloom better in the spring. Check out this blog for more information that could help you to keep your trees happy and healthy.

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Ways To Know Your Trees Need Trimming

Many people think tree trimming is an easy task. To trim trees, you need to consider many factors, including the reason for trimming, the species and size of the tree, the location of the plant, and the growth behavior. Watch out for these signs when trimming your trees.

Growth Behavior

Before trimming your trees, you need to consider branch wood density. This depends on the tree's genetics and how it grows in a particular environment. For example, if your trees are located where they experience low light exposure, they will extend their branches to receive more sunlight. Branches that are thicker or longer than others should be trimmed since they may break when there are strong winds.

Additionally, if you notice unusual growth because the trees interact, make sure you trim these trees. Extraordinary growth leads to bent trees and weight imbalances. These conditions pose a significant hazard since trees could drop down unexpectedly.

Diseased Limbs

One of the signs your trees should be trimmed is diseased branches. Dead limbs mean there is a pest problem. Trim dying or dead trees to prevent the disease from spreading to healthy trees and to improve curb appeal.

To avoid diseased limbs, you should consult an arborist on the ideal time to trim specific trees. Typically, many people trim their trees in the late winter. Prune Oaks between November and March. Apple trees should be pruned between February and April.

Trim Trees Immediately After Blooming

Many trees produce blooms on old wood. You should trim these trees as soon as their spring flowers fade. This allows the plants to produce new wood to allow the flower buds to create the next spring's flowers. Therefore, after flowering, you have a short time before the following season's buds start to develop.

Some plants bloom during summer and are trimmed during the dormant period in early spring or late winter before new growth. If your trees usually flower on new wood, you should trim them during the dormant season because they will have a lot of time to make new wood that creates good summer flowers. 

In Closing

Arborists advise homeowners to trim their trees annually for well-shaped and healthy plants. You shouldn't remove more than 30% of the plant during trimming. Over-trimming typically leads to permanent damage since you will remove parts of the plant's nutrient reserves. Consult a tree trimming company for more information on when and how to trim your trees.