Professional arborists recommend pruning your trees for safety and overall tree health. Professionally pruned trees also help to beautify landscaping, and improve views from their home. Knowing why pruning your central Texas trees is important can help you know when you should call a tree care specialist for help.
Pruning for Safety
Tree branches that threaten power lines, loom over roofs, or create hazards where people congregate warrant attention. Branches that grow too long and droop over walkways are dangerous. Very heavy or dense branches need to be thinned so they don’t fall and cause damage. Dangerous branches that threaten your buildings must be removed.
When a branch falls, depending on its size and weight, it can do serious damage to a vehicle or to your home. It can be very dangerous to remove a large, heavy branch, or one that is difficult to reach. Remember to always consult with or hire a professional tree service provider such as A Good Morning Tree Service.
Pruning for Beauty
Trees in the wild don’t have to look pretty. But you want the trees around your home to be attractive. Your landscape is a major part of the curb appeal of your home. Removing dead branches and creating more space in the crown opens up vistas and makes your tree more beautiful.
Pruning for Health
Branches that rub against each other in the wind damage each other over and over again. Removing branches that harm the tree is necessary to maintaining the tree’s overall health. However, cutting branches too close to the trunk can damage a tree’s circulatory system. Selecting which branches to prune and which to leave requires a practiced eye.
Don’t overdo it with the pruning. You should never prune more than a quarter of a tree’s “crown.” Your tree gets its energy from the leaves growing on its crown. Removing too much of a tree’s crown can fatally disrupt the tree’s life cycle.
When to Prune Your Tree
The best time to prune is in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant as trees are less susceptible to harm at this point in time. A dormant tree loses less sap after branch removal and is less likely to take damage from insects or fungus afterward. Some trees do require more precise timing for pruning. If you’re ever in doubt, contact a certified arborist like those at A Good Morning Tree Service.
Pruning and Oak Wilt
Oak wilt is a fungal disease that can kill a magnificent oak tree in a matter of months. Connected or grafted root systems establish a base for this disease, and beetles carry it from tree to tree. The beetles that carry the fungal spores love oak tree sap from fresh wounds or cuts.
Knowing when and why to prune central Texas oak trees is important. To lower the risk of oak wilt disease, Texas oak trees should be trimmed in the fall and winter.
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