If you’re like most Indianapolis area homeowners or commercial property owners, you value the trees that form the foundation of your landscaping. You may appreciate the benefits of trees while still being unsure about how you can best protect them and keep them strong and growing for many years. One easy practice that you can regularly perform is to prune your trees and shrubs. Some of the benefits of pruning are the following:
Pruning (if done properly) Fights Insects and Infections.
Regular pruning is good for the health of a tree. It is especially important to prune away infected branches. Infections can travel to healthy parts of the tree and may eventually endanger the life of the tree. Dead branches should also be pruned as they are susceptible to insects and infections. Getting rid of them through pruning and sterilizing the cuts of infections will help to keep the infestations and infections from spreading to the rest of the tree.
Pruned Trees Are Healthier.
In addition to fighting infections, pruning also keeps trees generally healthier. Cutting away the dead allows the tree to more efficiently nourish the remaining branches. Furthermore, when trees become dense, thinning the branches helps to decrease the weight of branches and increase the amount of light and air that get through to the tree.
Pruning Keeps Trees Looking Beautiful.
You want your trees to be healthy, but you also want them to be beautiful. Pruning helps with this as well. Obviously, cutting out dead branches makes the whole tree look better. When pruning and trimming are done, the tree can also be shaped. Uneven growth patterns can be smoothed out, making the tree more pleasing to the eye.
Pruned Trees Are Safer.
A final reason that trees should be pruned is safety. You may not think about trees as a danger, but in truth they can be. When weak, dead, or dying branches are left on the tree, there is always a heightened risk that they will be broken off unexpectedly. It may be during an ice storm, on a windy day, or just in normal conditions. The loss of these branches can have dramatic consequences from damage to a car, home, building, or even personal injury.
Pruning, thinning, and trimming trees will keep trees healthy, pest-free, beautiful, and safe. If it seems like a bigger job than what you are willing to tackle, Ping’s can help. We have the expertise and equipment to take care of your trees with ease. Call us at 317-298-8482 today to schedule an appointment.
In our last blog we discussed several points on why tree topping is harmful to your trees. Trees that have been topped suffer starvation, shock, insect infestation, decay, weak limbs, and even death. There are no situations when we would ever recommend having your tree topped. So, what can you do instead of tree topping? Here’s what we recommend.
Canopy Reduction. This practice is the removal of small limbs from their point of origin. No more than 25% of the tree’s foliage should be removed, based on its species and health.
Interlimbing or Thinning. This method is best when you prefer your view to be through a tracery of green. Removing selected branches up the trunk provides partial views through the tree and will let more sunlight into your back yard if your trees were blocking it out. Thinning also creates paths for strong winds to move through the tree instead of pushing against them, allowing your tree to withstand those winds.
Raising the Canopy. This process opens up a view by removing the lower limbs of a tree. All branches are cut from the ground up to the desired level. These lower limbs give less energy for the tree’s growth, so the tree can tolerate their removal. To achieve a pleasing shape, be careful not to limb up higher than half the visual height of the tree. If the tree looks top heavy, you can thin out some of the higher branches.
Although these techniques are simple to understand, tree pruning can be dangerous and complicated and is best performed by a professional. To ensure your trees have an aesthetically pleasing shape, consult with a Certified Arborist and make sure to stay away from anyone who suggests tree topping as an option.
WINTER IS COMING!! Before winter officially arrives, there are a few things you can do to prepare your trees for the hazardous weather.
Plant the tree. Now is a great time to plant new trees in your yard, just make sure to get them planted prior to a hard freeze. That way they can enjoy the mild weather and frequent rainfall that help roots grow strong. You also want to mulch any new or established trees, but be careful to avoid volcano mulch (mulch piled high against the trunk of the tree).
Prune the canopy. Fall is a great time of year to have a certified arborist take look at the structure of your trees and make recommendations on how much to prune or trim. Proper pruning allows those brutal winter winds to pass through the trees which results in less breakage and damage, protecting your property.
Feed the roots. Even during the winter months, your trees’ roots system continues to absorb nutrients until the ground is frozen. Fertilizing your trees helps them stay healthy during freezing temperatures and prepares them to return strong in the spring.
Spray the tree. Applying dormant oil after insects have laid their eggs will stop insect larvae from developing further. Come springtime, you’ll have less bugs chewing on your fresh tree buds and fruit. No Worries!! Dormant oils are less toxic to beneficial bugs and only remove the bad ones.
Need help winterizing your trees, contact us at [email protected] or call 317.298.8482