With winter upon us, this is an excellent time to trim and prune trees. During the winter months, the ground is hard reducing the impact heavy foot and equipment traffic can make on your lawn and landscape. Further, in the winter trees are dormant with very reduced sap flow, therefore trimming and pruning wounds don't yield much bleeding. Lastly, with the leaves gone, professional tree trimmers can view the entire tree structure making cutting a lot easier and more efficient. This also perhaps trained arborist to better inspect the tree for health, disease, and other structural problems.
Tree trimming involves the reduction of overgrown and undesirable limbs. Trees that need to be regularly trimmed are mature species that must be kept in check with their surrounding environment. Landscape trees can grow in every direction whereas forest trees generally only grow upwards as they compete for sunlight. Therefore, mature trees on your property need to regularly trimmed to prevent overgrown and dangerous situations, such as limbs touching roofs and electrical lines. Tree trimming is tree care task every property owner should invest in to keep their trees healthy and trouble-free. Young trees can easily be pruned (see below) by the average homeowner, but large, mature trees must be trimmed by professionals with the right equipment and skill. This is because trimming large trees requires the cutter to reach the upper parts of the canopy, which requires climbing skill or a bucket truck. Also, lower heavy limbs to the ground (and then efficiently disposing of them) take experience and expertise.
Tree pruning is a tree care task generally performed on young, immature trees as they are going. Pruning focuses growth on desirable limbs, removes dead and undesirable growth, and generally promotes overall healthy growth in young trees. While tree pruning can be done at any time of the year, late autumn and early winter are best. The average property owner can prune any young tree in their landscape with some basic knowledge of pruning tools and cuts. One word of advice is to cut less than you think in any given pruning sessions. It is always best to trim a little less than you may think as you can always re-prune again in several months.
Tree trimming and pruning are necessary tree care maintenance jobs every property owner should perform or have a professional do. The time and money invested will yield countless years of enjoyment in your landscape. Call Des Moines Tree Service for a free tree trimming quote on large, mature trees. We usually can provide same day estimates, and get your work scheduled within a week or less.