Mature trees are pruned different than their younger versions. They must be trimmed so and dead branches are removed to allow for new growth. This also keeps the tree healthy by removing any branches that are diseased.
This pruning type is referred to as cleaning.
It has been proven that by removing and thinning dead and or live branches prior to storm season keeps trees standing. If routine pruning isn’t completed the trees become to top heavy and result in storm damage to the tree. In nature when a tree branch brakes away as part of the natural process of pruning it’s not an issue, when it happens across your drive way, it is an issue.
This is particularly important given the severe monsoon storms that sweep through the valley during the months of July through September. You may consider trimming the tops of the trees to help keep branches from breaking in high winds. This process is what an Arborist calls “thinning” the “crown” or top of the tree. An Arborist has training and experience to evaluate if this is the proper procedure to take but also what branches to remove.
At times the crown and longer branches on the tree need to be cut back to ensure their length does not exceed in weight what the branch can handle. Taking lower branches off the tree is a term called “raising”. This allows for more sunlight underneath the tree.
Yes! Even young trees need to be maintained. Pruning young trees allows them to grow healthy. Going back to nature, the forest allows for survival of the fitest and the taller trees out muscle the smaller ones. Stand alone trees in our yards don’t allow this to happen. Branches that are removed allow the young tree to grow straight and avoids multiple branches in one area causing the tree to be lopsided or heavy. Routine trimming and pruning of young trees allows keeps them healthy as they mature by allowing proper spacing of branches.
Here at Design Tree we have arborists that are trained and certified to evaluate your trees. Every type of tree species is different and you have different goals as a home owner. We take the time to create a custom plan for your trees.
We are very well versed in meeting the needs of our commercial clients, including all tree care, maintenance and tree, street, and inventory mapping. We invite you to call and make an appointment with our commercial representative arborist, and he will be glad to assist you with your needs.