Ranging from short and skinny to tall, wide, and majestic, there are many types of beautiful trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest region. Not surprisingly, many individuals like having a variety of trees on their property, but not everyone understands how important high-quality, professional tree trimming services are in the equation. Here at Impeccable Landscapes, we have an ISA-certified arborist on staff to ensure your trees look great throughout the year, and we are your go-to source for tree trimming and tree pruning in Spokane and the surrounding area. Check out three benefits of hiring our team as well as five common DIY tree trimming mistakes, then contact our team to request a free estimate.
3 Benefits of Our Spokane Tree Trimming Services
First and foremost, tree trimming is not a job that is for the faint of heart…or for the inexperienced. This is because climbing a tree while carrying various types of sharp cutting tools is dangerous without proper training. After all, the last thing you want is to injure yourself when you are 20 or 30 feet up in a tree. It can be difficult to know which limbs are healthy enough to support your weight and it can be tricky to determine the best way to reach the uppermost branches safely. Likewise, falling branches can be unpredictable, increasing the risk of injuring people or pets on the ground and damaging your home or fence. Our tree trimming experts do all of the work for you while your feet are planted firmly on the ground.
You might be an expert at pruning the small bonsai tree that you keep on your desk at work, but let’s face it, trimming a large tree in your backyard is an entirely different story. This is especially true if the tree is 30 or 40 feet tall and you have to actually be in the tree in order to trim or prune it because you lose the benefit of perspective altogether. All too often, the result of DIY tree trimming is a tree that takes on a lopsided or otherwise unbalanced appearance. Professional tree trimming services ensure that your tree is pruned into a shape that is both attractive and beneficial for the overall health and structure of the tree. Hiring a tree trimming service saves you the heartache of lackluster DIY trimming efforts.
Trimming and pruning your trees on a regular basis is important for their overall appearance, but these tasks are also important for the overall health of trees. All trees are susceptible to disease and insect infestation. In fact, infrequent or improper trimming practices can increase a tree’s vulnerability to these problems. If your tree has a number of limbs that are dead, diseased, or infested with insects, improper trimming can compound the problem. However, proper trimming and pruning can eliminate the problem area and prevent the issue from spreading to the healthy parts of the tree. Hiring a professional tree trimming service can help protect your trees from disease and make them less vulnerable to damage from weak branches.
Common DIY Tree Trimming Mistakes
Also known as “lopping,” this is the practice of trimming branches in areas other than a union or node. Topping can make trees more susceptible to infections, weaken the branch structure, and affect growth patterns.
In an effort to encourage upward growth, some tree owners remove all of the lower branches from a tree. Also known as “lion-tailing,” this makes branches more susceptible to failure and creates a top-heavy appearance.
Cutting Branches Flush
When cutting branches off of a tree, they should be cut at a union or a node. Cutting smaller branches flush against the main branch and large limbs flush against the trunk exposes the tree to pests, disease, and fungus. This also affects bark growth.
It is easy to get carried away with pruning. However, the older a tree is, the longer it takes to recover from any type of major pruning. As a general rule of thumb, no more than 25 percent of the leaf-bearing crown should be pruned at one time.
Using Dull, Dirty Tools
Tools that are dull not only make trimming a tree harder than it needs to be, but they can also prolong the tree’s healing process. Likewise, dirty tools can transfer soil-borne diseases to trees the same way that unsanitary surgical instruments can spread disease.
Tree Trimming and Tree Pruning Services in Spokane
There are some lawn care tasks that are best left to the pros, and tree trimming is one of them. If you are ready to enhance the beauty and health of the trees on your residential or commercial property, then the experts here at Impeccable Landscapes are ready to help. Contact our team today to request a free tree pruning or tree trimming estimate — we look forward to speaking with you!