Pruning Trees – A Necessary Part of Landscape Maintenance
Pruning is a necessary, oftentimes challenging, aspect of landscape maintenance. Proper pruning can add longevity to trees and beauty to your landscape. Correct thinning opens up a plant, allows more light penetration and air movement throughout the crown, reduces weight on major limbs, and maintains the tree’s natural shape. Read on Tree Service Irvine CA to learn more about pruning trees.
Crown thinning is a light tree pruning service that reduces the density of a tree’s canopy by selectively removing branches and foliage. This improves air movement and allows more sunlight to penetrate the crown to the ground and surrounding plants. A certified arborist who understands proper tree health should only perform a thinning procedure. A thinning cut should not change the tree’s overall shape but should remove an average of 10% to 20% of branches throughout the canopy.
This can reduce the weight of the canopy and improve a tree’s ability to resist wind damage by reducing branch bending and allowing limbs to flex less, reducing the likelihood of a branch breaking off during a storm. Additionally, thinning allows for more light to penetrate the canopy of the tree and can help with the development of the roots and grass below.
Overgrown trees can become a hazard to people and vehicles, not only due to their size, but because they block out the sunlight needed by surrounding plants. Thinning services allow the light that was blocked to shine through again promoting growth in your yard and garden as well as improving the overall look of your landscaping.
Large, dense trees can also act as wind sails during heavy storms, and if they are overgrown this increases the risk of them falling and damaging cars, roofs, and other structures underneath them. Thinning services can reduce this potential risk by allowing more wind to pass through the canopy and decreasing the leverage on your structures.
Proper thinning techniques require the expertise of an arborist, as it can be difficult to achieve the desired results without causing damage or encouraging new growth. When a tree is thinned incorrectly, an effect known as lion tailing can occur in which little or nothing is removed from the ends of the limbs. This causes an excessive amount of weight to be placed on the ends of limbs, which can weaken them and increase the likelihood of breakage. The professionals at Monster Tree Service are highly trained and experienced in proper thinning, ensuring your trees get the best possible outcome for their health and safety.
A drooping or sagging tree canopy can pose hazards to pedestrians, vehicles and even houses and structures. A professional crown raising can be performed to reduce these risks and improve the health of your trees, plants and grass underneath or around them.
This type of pruning involves the removal of select branches or limbs in the lower portion of the crown (or canopy) to increase its overall height. This is generally done to provide clearance for sidewalks, driveways, buildings or vehicles. It can also be used to help the lower canopy open up and let more light through. It is important that this process is carried out correctly in order to avoid damaging the health of your trees or creating unnecessary wounds that can lead to decay and other problems.
When performing this type of trimming, it is important that we properly assess the overall health of the tree and whether it needs to be raised or not. It is equally important that we not remove too many of the low hanging branches as this can cause future problems such as shifting of crown movement to the top which may not be counter-acted or damped by the remaining lower canopy.
This is often done at the same time as crown thinning which can be confusing to the average property owner. The main difference between crown thinning and crown raising is that with crown thinning we are removing dead or dying branches while with crown raising we are reducing the density of the live crown to reduce weight and reduce wind resistance.
Regardless of the type of crown pruning that is performed, it is always important to understand the purpose and goals of the work so that we can carry it out safely, effectively and in accordance with the appropriate industry standards. We are highly trained and experienced in carrying out all types of tree pruning services including crown thinning, crown raising, crown reduction and crown cleaning and have the right equipment to ensure that any work is completed safely and in compliance with local codes and regulations.
Performing crown reduction on mature trees is a common and necessary tree pruning maintenance procedure. This type of pruning reduces the overall crown size by turning growing lateral branches into permanent branches and removing dead or diseased limbs. Crown reduction can be used to create clearance for structures, streets lights and sidewalks; reduce the risk of damage to homes or cars during storms by lowering the likelihood of branch failure; increase light penetration to lawns, shrubs and ground beneath a tree; and improve visual appeal.
The reason this type of pruning is so important is because when a tree grows to large for its environment it becomes susceptible to wind damage and potentially hazardous conditions like tree topples. The best time to perform crown reduction is in the winter or early spring when a tree is dormant. This allows the limbs and bark to heal faster, and minimizes stress on the tree.
This type of pruning can be done with a variety of tools and timing, although it is important that the pruning cuts are properly made. Reduction cuts should be made at a point on the limb just inside of the branch collar where the trunk and limb meet. This prevents the occurrence of “water sprouts,” which are sprouts that grow rapidly from weakened points of attachment along pruning cuts. These sprouts can lead to structural failure or crown rot, and are not the desired result of crown reduction pruning.
It is also important that reduction pruning is not confused with topping, which is the practice of removing all living branches on a tree. This is extremely damaging to the health of a tree, and can cause fungus growth and structural failure. Rather, crown reduction is a process that should be conducted with care, and will significantly extend the life of your trees, and ensure the safety of those on your property.
In addition to preventing breakage during storms and promoting healthy tree structure, crown reduction is particularly beneficial for fruit trees. It helps to improve air flow through the canopy, which reduces moisture buildup that leads to fungus growth. This can also help to increase the ripening of the fruit. If you have a fruit tree on your property, it is important to keep it trimmed regularly, and to conduct crown reduction annually to encourage the proper development of the canopy.
Crown cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, or diseased branches from a tree canopy. This is important because dead and damaged limbs can fall at any time, creating hazards for your home, cars, and people. It also ensures that your trees look beautiful and healthy.
Mature trees are more likely to need crown cleaning. This is because they can develop declining foliage due to old age. This decline leads to the loss of branch vigor and makes the tree susceptible to insect infestation and decay. This can cause a serious risk to people, vehicles, and homes during adverse weather events.
In order to reduce these risks, your landscaper can perform a crown cleaning. The process involves pruning the dead or weakened limbs from a tree canopy. It also removes the crowding, crossing, and weakly attached limbs that can be a threat to other branches during bad weather conditions.
As a part of this procedure, we can also remove any debris that has collected in the canopy and remove climbing plants such as ivy. Additionally, we can trim or remove any water sprouts that are growing into the crown of a tree. This will help it grow more efficiently and allow sunlight to reach the ground.
Another service that is commonly performed is called crown raising. This service includes trimming the lower limbs of the canopy and removing any that are encroaching on structures, sidewalks, or roads. Additionally, this can help with vistas and improve access to your property.
This service is similar to crown thinning but it is done for aesthetic reasons. This service is performed to create an even distribution of visual weight throughout the canopy and also to promote interior foliage development.
This is a good option for those with young trees as it helps them to grow into a desirable form. It is usually performed to eliminate the need for corrective pruning as they mature. In addition, it can reduce the weight and stress of a canopy and can be used to address root rot problems. It should only be performed by an experienced arborist who understands the growth pattern of a specific species.