Trees are a valuable asset to any property, they provide shade, maintain the value of your property and improve the overall aesthetic of your home or business. Keeping your trees trimmed is an essential part of their maintenance, and it can help extend their health and longevity.
Trees are most susceptible to disease and insect infestations when their branches and limbs become overgrown. This is why our tree care specialists here at SB Tree Service highly recommend that you trim trees often. Below are 4 reasons you should trim your trees before spring rolls around.
1. Prevent the Spread of Disease and Insects
The dormant season is when trees are most vulnerable to certain diseases. These diseases spread more easily during other times of the year. Pruning in winter—before new growth begins—helps remove spores and possible disease, leaving your tree healthier for the coming growing season.
Dormant pruning helps manage insects. Many insects are inactive during the winter months and are not as active. Pruning also reduces the likelihood that these insects will infest your trees after they become active again in spring.
2. Easier to Improve Tree Growth
There are not many things that can be done in winter to help your trees and shrubs, but one of the most valuable is to trim them. Trimming in late winter will allow new growth to start in spring, so it will emerge as the tree begins to grow. If you wait until spring growth starts, removing branches and shaping the plant can have a detrimental effect on the plant’s ability to leaf out fully. In some cases, this may mean the difference between a healthy, full-leafed tree and a branchless shrub.
An added benefit of winter pruning is that it allows specialist to see the structure of the trees better to make more informed decisions about how they should be pruned. For example, if you regularly remove branches that develop where they shouldn’t, you’ll be able to notice more readily when a branch is growing in an undesirable place.
3. Prepare Trees for Storms
Although hurricane season is months away, it’s not a bad idea to get a jump on being prepared. This means trimming your trees to keep up with overgrowth ahead of time. Adequately trimmed trees pose less risk to home or business during heavy rains and winds. They are also less likely to be affected by these storms if they are healthier. And what makes a healthy tree? You guessed it – pruning and trimming, along with other maintenance.
4. Easier and More Efficient
Unless your tree has been completely cut back to the trunk, it will most likely need some pruning before spring. Trees are easier to access while still leafless, making getting the job done more efficient. Secondly, they are easier to work on when they don’t have thick branches and large canopies in your way. Plus working before new growth emerges also means less risk for injury as bark tends to be more fragile than when leaves cover it.
Trim Your Trees Before Spring: Conclusion
There are some logical and sensible reasons to trim your trees, as you’ve read here. If you enjoy the look of a well-pruned tree and the benefits that it brings each season (from winter to summer), then why not consider calling a local tree service professional to do the job for you? Here at SB Tree Service, we can trim your trees regularly through the year to maximize their overall health, appearance, and ability to withstand weather changes in your area. And if you have any questions or would just like some additional information, be sure to give us a call to schedule a FREE estimate today!