To many homeowners and companies performing tree trimming in Surrey, the process seems quite simple — simply cut away any unwanted branches or limbs, right? Well, not quite (and we’re glad our barbers don’t take this same approach, otherwise a simple haircut could turn into an unnecessary, risky surgery). Poorly trimmed and over-trimmed trees don’t just put a blight on your property, but also places the tree in jeopardy of disease or death.
The worst part is, techniques such as topping and deep-trimming aren’t even effective for long-term growth control. What you end up with (if the tree survives) are faster-growing, denser clusters of branches. Because, when trees are over-trimmed they “bet the farm” and apply all their conserved energy to produce new shoots and leaves.
When is Tree Trimming Essential?
Tree trimming is best performed when it is used to:
Promote healthy growth
Remove dead/diseased portions
Prevent branch failure
Keep your property and family safe
That’s it — no more, no less. Remember: Trimming to a tree is like surgery for humans — it should be done safely and sparingly.
Best Seasons for Hardwood Tree Pruning
November through March is the dormancy period for hardwood trees, and also the best time of year to have any tree trimming or pruning work performed. Unless a particular branch is posing an immediate threat to your property, major trimming or pruning should never take place during the early spring to early summer months.
Why Do Some Tree Care Companies Go Overboard with Trimming?
There are a few reasons for this, with the blame falling on both the tree care workers and homeowners. There are many fly-by-night tree-trimming operations out there serving once-a-decade customers. Typically, these customers have neglected a tree until it’s become a property issue and they’re expecting big, immediate results. Instead of informing the customer about the proper trimming techniques, schedule, and season for trimming their particular species of tree, these dubiously trained tree trimmers will go about lobbing off the top of the crown, and leaving behind just a few feet of leaf-supporting stems. Sadly, most customers will happily pay after seeing all the work that has been done, and the tree trimmers are more than happy to take the money. A year or two may go by, then the property owner is wondering why their tree has become overtaken by decaying branches, pests, and/or the death of the whole tree. It’s best to do it right the first time and then follow up with regular maintenance.
To bring The Arborist’s dedicated tree trimming services to your Surrey-area property, simply contact us at any time!