Tree trimming is the process of removing unwanted parts of a tree. The term is also called or is used interchangeably with ‘Tree Pruning’.
Tree trimming involves the removal of dead wood, decayed parts or overgrown parts of a tree to give the tree a healthy look.
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Regular trimming keeps a tree strong, healthy and maintain its good structure. Again, trimming regularly reduces the need for future corrective pruning.
When to trim trees
Tree trimming requires some measure of knowledge and expertise. If you are unsure of the proper time to tree your tree, it is best you seek the services of an arborist.
That being said, the best time to trim your trees is during winter. Trimming during winter allows the wound on the tree heal fast and there won’t be too much loss of sap.
This is unlike trimming during the fall which may cause the tree to develop fungi. Trimming during summer may reduce the fruits growth of a tree unless this is your intention for trimming.
As a rule of thumb, fruit trees can be trimmed once a year to enable fruits growth. Young trees can be trimmed within 2 – 3 years, while mature trees are trimmed between 3 – 5 years maximum.
4 Importance of Tree Trimming
Aside the obvious reasons of maintaining a healthy appearance, some people still wonder why they need to trim their trees regularly. If you belong to this category, here are other reasons why you need to trim your trees:
- Environmental and Property safety: Not looking after your trees may prove unsafe to you and loved ones in the long run. A dead or weakened branch could be blown off the tree by the wind and it may fall on a house, car or a person. This may cause serious injury to an individual or to the property. Where the tree is near a power plant or an electric cable, overgrown branches or roots may hook any of the cables and cause serious problems.
- Tree growth and structure: One of the main reasons for tree trimming is to guide its growth and structure. Regularly trimming ensures that the tree grows well and you can control or maintain a structure you like. Structural growth of a tree is important both aesthetically and health wise, otherwise you will have trees blocking views or having branches in the way.
- Health of the Tree: What’s the point of having a tree if it’s not healthy? Trimming allows air and sunlight penetrate into the center of a tree giving it adequate nutrient. Moreso, removing decayed or infested parts of a tree will prevent the decay from further spreading to other parts of the tree. There’s also the issue of allowing rain to penetrate through the leaves and branches to moisten the grounds around the tree.
Also trimming at the right time will enhance fruit production. When the tree has less branches or parts to carter, it can channel its energy into fruit bearing.
- Aesthetics and Appearance: Well-trimmed trees improve the general outlook of an environment. Whether it’s a driveway or a boulevard or a residence, having a row of trees well maintained is pleasing to the eyes. It enhances the view of both outsiders looking in and insiders looking out. Again, there’s no question of trees blocking one’s view of the environment.
Bonus point: Trimming can increase the value of a property. Imagine going to buy a house and the trees are in a bad condition? It will discourage buyers or reduce the bargain price for the property. But the reverse will be the case when the trees are in good condition and looking healthy.
What Parts of a Tree Should Be Trimmed?
Trimming involves removing unwanted parts of a tree. Some of these parts include; decayed or infested branches, dead wood, lower branches (also known as ‘canopy lift’), crossing branches, excess branches etc.
Whether a tree is planted for commercial or aesthetic purposes, the importance of trimming cannot be overemphasized. Trimming is required if one wants to get the most out a tree.