Tree trimming can improve the curb appeal of your home, but it’s not all about aesthetics. Properly pruning trees at the right time can keep them healthy, extend their lives, and prevent property damage from falling limbs (or the entire tree). If you notice any of these signs in your trees, they are due for a trim.
Cracking. If you notice more than one crack in a tree, particularly if it’s deep, you need to consult an expert right away. This can be a sign of a weakened tree, that might present a fall hazard, and rot can set into the cracked areas quickly.
Crisscrossing branches. When branches grow too closely together, the bark can be damaged and the interior of the branch can be exposed. This can lead to decay if nothing is done.
Sections of dead wood. This might indicate that the tree is dying, and becoming a hazard.
Broken branches. Branches can break for a variety of reasons, but these injuries can lead to further weakening of the tree if it is not pruned appropriately.
Dense greenery. When the branches are so overgrown that it becomes difficult to see through the tree, it desperately needs a pruning. Not only is the tree prone to damage at this point; a good trimming can improve air flow and keep your tree healthy.
Tree canker. If you notice a spot where bark is missing, or where the tree appears sunken, you’re probably looking at a canker. Left untreated, this will lead to decay that can kill the tree.
Branches where they shouldn’t be. Branches that are touching electrical lines obviously need to be trimmed back, so that they don’t fall and create a serious hazard or power outage. Those that are touching your house should be trimmed back, too, to prevent damage to your home’s roof, siding, and windows.
A dead leader branch. The main branches of your tree (extending from the trunk) will compete with one another. If one dies, it should be removed to maintain the tree’s health.
The tree is misshapen. Sometimes trees just grow in an unappealing or abnormal shape. Trimming them can add aesthetic appeal to your yard.
The tree is overgrown. When trees grow too far horizontally, gravity will eventually take its toll. To avoid breaking, falling branches and potential damages, trim back any trees that have grown too far outward.
If you have any questions about these signs a tree needs to be trimmed, just give us a call. We can take a look at your trees and help you decide whether a trim is in order, to protect your safety and the curb appeal of your home.