Trimming is one of the most commonly requested tree services in Atlanta. Proper tree trimming is an important part of maintaining a tree’s safety and aesthetics; therefore, it should be approached with care. Improperly performing this service can damage the tree or introduce disease. The specialists at Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts know how to carefully trim a tree to promote health and appearance, based on a thorough understanding of how the tree will respond to each cut, without stressing or damaging the tree.
Reasons for Tree Trimming
Professional tree trimming can be used to address a variety of issues. In many cases, cutting a mature tree is a corrective or preventative measure, but it may also be used purely for aesthetic reasons, such as with canopy raising. Canopy raising is a very common technique in which the lower limbs of a tree are removed, giving it a more attractive, refined shape and opening up the space under the canopy for a better view. The ultimate result is greater curb appeal.
Other common practices involve cleaning or thinning the canopy. Cleaning involves removing unhealthy branches and branches that are too close together. Removing dead and diseased limbs improves the overall health of the tree and is an important aspect of regular tree maintenance. If left unattended, these limbs could fall, causing damage to your home or yard, or spread disease into the rest of the tree.
Canopy thinning begins with removing the unhealthy branches, but then focuses on aesthetics, reducing the foliage to allow more light and air to pass through the limbs. A good Atlanta arborist such as the specialists at Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts would not remove more than 25% of the tree’s foliage producing limbs in one year, as this can stress and weaken the tree. This service can also be performed in order to reduce a tree’s upward growth. This is most commonly used to prevent interference with nearby power lines.
It most cases, routine trimming to remove unhealthy branches can be done at any time of the year without damaging the tree. For more elaborate pruning, late winter or early spring is the ideal time to trim trees, which is right before their growth in the spring.