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SHOULD I PRUNE MY TREES?

April 30, 2019

SHOULD I PRUNE MY TREES?

When you first move into your Tampa home, your backyard filled with old oaks and tall pines looks beautiful, and you probably never even considered their maintenance and upkeep. Many homeowners don’t start to think about tree pruning until they have branches scraping against their roof. When it coming to cutting branches, the three most important things to consider are: why it is helpful, when is the best time to do it, and how should it be done?

WHY PRUNE YOUR TREES?

Tree pruning typically involves removing certain branches in order to benefit you and the entire plant. Some reasons you should consider it are:

  • Properly done, there will be no weak or dying branches. This help to prevent anything from blowing off and hitting your home, and if kids try to climb, they won’t have to worry about rotten branches.

  • Removing dying branches will keep the disease from spreading to the trunk. In addition, when you thin out the canopy and smaller twigs, more sunlight can reach the lower leaves.

  • Direct growth. Here in Tampa, pruning can help shape the direction of growth, to ensure that it does not grow towards your home. With the right technique, growth can be restricted in one area, and stimulated in another, safer direction.

 WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PRUNE?

Obviously, dead or dying branches should be removed right away; they will spread disease, and can break off unexpectedly. Otherwise, the best time for tree pruning will depend on what result you are looking for, although it should always be avoided during times of high heat or extreme cold. Pruning during the end of winter will result in a lot of new growth in spring. If you need to direct growth patterns, then summer is the ideal time.

SHOULD I USE A TREE SERVICE

When it comes to tree pruning in Tampa, the important thing to remember is that trees to do not regrow branches. Anything you cut will be gone forever, and if the wrong branch is cut, the entire plant can be seriously harmed. This is why it is so important to hire an environmental services company; along with an arborist to make certain the health of the plants is always a top priority.

Here at Payne’s Environmental in Tampa, our arborists and certified technicians perform all tree pruning; they will make sure your needs are met, without harming the foliage. Call us today for more information at 813-677-6822.

 

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