Questions New Homeowners Have About Tree Trimming


Being a new homeowner is so exciting. You get to decorate your home however you wish, customize the landscaping, and make plans for the future. However, you also need to learn to care for the home and all of the elements that come with it — including the trees. The primary care that trees require is periodic trimming or pruning. Here are some questions new homeowners often have about that.

How often do trees need trimming?

Younger trees often benefit from being trimmed once a year. This way, any poorly located branches can be removed before they get too big, which encourages the tree to grow into an attractive shape.

Older trees can go a few years before trimming appointments. You can take a wait-and-see approach and call a tree care company when you start noticing signs that your mature trees need a trim.

What are the signs that a mature tree needs trimming?

If your mature tree has some dead branches, those need to be trimmed away. You should also have your mature tree trimmed if you notice its foliage has begun to look too thick and dense. Trimming will thin it out so that the branches dry out faster after rain, which will help prevent a fungal infection.

You should also call a tree trimmer if your tree has any broken or cracked limbs. You don't want to wait and have those limbs fall on your home or garage during a storm.

How do you prepare for a tree trimming appointment?

There's not much you need to do to prepare. Make sure your tree trimming company can access your yard. That might mean moving some vehicles or lawn furniture. Also, know which trees you want trimmed. If you are not sure, you can ask your tree trimmer to look over all of your trees and trim the ones they believe need it. 

When should you have your trees trimmed?

The best time of year to trim trees is usually in the late winter or early spring. This is when trees "bleed" less — they lose less sap. But if your tree has a broken limb, you should have it trimmed ASAP, regardless of what season it is.

With these questions answered, you should be better prepared to care for the trees in your yard. A tree care expert can give you more specific advice relevant to the species of trees that you own.

Contact a professional for more information about tree trimming


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