The Positives of Summer Pruning
With summer storms fast approaching, pruning your trees now can help prevent thousands of dollars in unforeseen damage.
So, why is summer a good time for tree pruning and trimming? Summer weather can be unpredictable. Between heavy rains and strong winds, it’s best to prepare your trees for at least a few summer storms. Ensuring that your trees are properly pruned will not only protect the trees, but also protect your property around them.
High winds can cause extensive breakage and damage to a tree’s canopy. These damages can lead to thousands of dollars in property damage. One of the best steps to prevent this breakage is to have the canopy pruned. When a canopy is properly pruned for the summer months, the tree’s wind resistance is reduced because the canopy becomes much thinner and healthier. The lower the canopy’s wind resistance, the lower the chances are of any branches breaking or falling due to a wind’s force. This is an especially urgent step to take to ensure that there is a safer environment for a tree’s surrounding area and community.
So, how do you know if your tree needs to be pruned? A key rule for knowing if your tree is in need of some pruning is if it has any “the three d’s.” This refers to any part of the tree that appears dead, damaged or diseased. If you believe that your tree has any of “the three d’s,” it’s best to contact a licensed and insured tree pruning service as soon as possible. Pruning a canopy is no easy task and can come with some danger. By contacting a local licensed and insured tree service, you can trust that the job is being handled safely and professionally.
But, why else would your tree need pruning? The benefits of summer pruning extend pass the protection of your property, but also contribute to your tree’s overall health and strength. A summer pruning will allow your tree to hold a structure that supports the growth of sturdier limbs. Without this structure, a tree can be unable to sustain all of its parts. Additionally, pruning allows room for more air and sunlight to nourish a tree, thus reducing the chances of the tree developing a disease. Summer is an ideal time for increased sun exposure, which makes it an appropriate season to prune. Also, pruning now will prevent additional deterioration of the tree, meaning that there will be less to prune during the colder months.
However, it’s important to prune your trees with caution and care. Just like most things, no drastic changes should be made to a tree suddenly. It’s recommended that no more than 25 percent of a tree’s outer leaves should be removed during one pruning. This is because those leaves are needed for photosynthesis and over pruning will leave your tree without enough food for it to stay healthy.
No matter your reasons for getting your trees pruned, a local licensed and insured tree service should be contacted. Not only does it ensure that your trees will be cared for, but also allows for you to enjoy your summer knowing it is being handled properly and professionally.