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5 Reasons to Trim Your Trees

5 Reasons to Trim Your Trees

Are you trying to decide if hiring a tree trimming expert for your Oregon property is worth it?

After all, you may have a yard full of trees, in all different shapes and sizes. Maybe they’re close together. Maybe they simply blend in with each other. Maybe they’ve been there for years, and it’s something you haven’t thought about in ages. Why now?

Well maintained landscaping not only makes your home look better, but it also makes it safer too. Ever driven by a tree that has toppled over, impacting streets and sidewalks around it? Or worse, seen the effects of a tree that has damaged personal property, such as a car or a house?

5 Reasons to Trim Your TreesLandscaping is the first thing you notice when you drive up to a home. And to make your landscaping the best it can be, it starts from the top down … if trees are trimmed and in excellent condition, it sets the stage for the rest of your home.

Want to make your home stand out and be the best home on the block? It may be time to call in an expert and make tree trimming the top of your to-do list. Here’s why:

#1: Add To The Ambiance Of Your Home

Humans are creatures of habit. We form opinions in a very short amount of time. Drive up to a home and you’ll judge the property in mere seconds. Is the front door warm and inviting? Is the home well cared for? Is the landscaping in good condition? That’s why homeowners’ associations often have rules and policies in place governing the outside conditions.

According to several real estate associations, landscaping can add up to 28 percent to the overall home value. It depends on a variety of things, including:

  • They type of tree
  • The size of the tree
  • Where the tree is placed in the yard
  • The tree’s appearance
  • How well it flows with the rest of the landscaping

Here in Portland, a tree with a sizable canopy that is growing within a hundred feet of a home has been shown to add thousands of dollars to the over sales price. It can also be the deciding factor when someone is selecting between two properties.

But it’s not just any tree. To add value, it must be well cared for, trimmed and be in good condition. The more often tree trimming occurs, the better condition the tree will be in.

#2: Help The Tree Grow

Like every other living thing, trees grow whether you provide support to the process or not. But the more control you have over the process, the better your tree will grow.

Tree trimming at the planting stage will set the stage for future growth. It takes a tree some time to adjust to its new surroundings, so it’s important to give it every advantage. Leave as much of the leaf surface as possible to allow food to manufacture from the leaves and branches and feed the roots. Roots will be larger after one year if left unpruned. Do remove any broken branches, branches competing with the leader or any other branch that may have damage from insects or disease.

Tree trimming after three to four years is designed to help anchor the transplant and expand the size of the tree. Trim away root suckers or sprouts in the crown of the tree. Thin, excessive branches to reduce competition for light or water. Remove any leader competition, making way for a dominant leader. Eliminate branches that are growing in awkward positions, undesirable directions, or rubbing against other branches. The key to this stage is to trim the tree and give it stability for future growth.

Tree trimming after five to seven years is to make a good tree even better. Trim away lower limbs to raise the bottom of the crown wall away from everyday activities, such as walking, driving or moving around your yard. Branches do not move upward, a branch at 6 feet today will always remain at 6 feet. Shape the tree by cutting back higher up branches so they don’t protrude beyond the outline of the crown. Inspect the tree to remove branches for proper spacing.

Tree trimming after 15 years and beyond is designed to keep your tree at its optimal potential. By removing dead branches, you help keep other branches safe from potential damage as well. Proper pruning gives strength to the branches, which makes it healthier overall.

#3: Remove Damage

Because a tree lives with a wide variety of elements every day, the possibility of damage is always an option. A tree may become damaged through a variety of conditions: strong  winds, storms, extreme temperatures, ice, and drought to name a few.

When a branch is damaged, it can quickly impact the rest of the tree. Depending on its position, it can fall into other limbs, weakening them and causing irreparable harm. Damaged branches can also become a hazard to the rest of your property, damaging everything from your car to your home.

As your trees grow and change, bringing in a professional to regularly inspect and trim out the damage can not only make your tree healthier, but it can also keep you safer.

#4: Remove Disease

Trees can become sick and diseased in a variety of ways.

Leaf spots can indicate a common fungal problem. The later in the growing season these spots appear, the less impact they have on the tree – and thereby, the less need for alarm.

Another common disease is scorch, which occurs when the roots of a tree are not able to supply water faster than it’s being transpired by the leaves. A browning around the edges of the leaves is the result.

Meanwhile root rot is another disease and it’s incredibly hard to detect as it begins below ground. Because of this, a seemingly healthy tree can suddenly die as its been rotting for years. There is no known cure, so it’s important to keep a tree healthy year round.

Environmental stresses can often cause problems, everything from poor soil drainage to drought, to chemical introduction plays a role. If a tree doesn’t live in ideal conditions, it can weaken enough to let other diseases in.

While these are just a few of the things that can have an impact on the life of your trees, the key to keeping them healthy is to keep them in top shape. Regular tree trimming and maintenance can give a professional the ability to keep your tree in top condition while checking for damage in its starting phases.

#5: Boost Fruit Production

In some cases, you may use your trees for more than ambiance and looks. Many residential trees throughout Oregon are used for fruit production as well. Nothing is better than having a fruit-bearing tree in your yard, and being able to enjoy production during harvest season.

Leave a tree to grow naturally and you’ll quickly find the amount of fruit produced declines over time. Tree trimming allows a tree to form correctly, giving ample room for fruit to form. Removing dead or diseased wood stimulates the formation of fruit buds during the following fruit season.

Proper pruning and training can also prevent injury to a tree later in life, eliminating cracks or breakage of critical sections of the tree.

Vernon prides itself on tree maintenance and tree removal along the coast of Oregon.