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Why Pruning Trees Is So Important For Their Health

As the leaves vacate your tree – at least your deciduous trees – you might’ve noticed your tree isn’t growing uniformly. There might be a branch sticking out at an odd angle. Or maybe there’s a dead branch you didn’t see before when leaves hid it. There are many reasons why getting professional tree trimming can benefit both the health and appearance of your trees.

How Tree Pruning Helps Michigan’s Trees

When You Should Prunepruning dead branches

The short answer is now – in November. Unless a large branch has come down unexpectedly, creating an emergency, late fall/early winter is the perfect time to get your trees professionally pruned. That’s because trees are less susceptible to pests and diseases during the dormant season. Any time a tree receives a wound – whether from a professional cut or storm damage – it opens up the tree to infection from mildew, molds, and fungi. But fungi and pests are also dormant right now, so you won’t have to worry about them harming your trees. Further, hiring a professional to handle your tree care needs reduces the risk even more. The PPM Tree Service And Arbor Care staff have the training and certifications to ensure the process is done correctly.

Benefits Of Pruning Trees

Encourages Growth

How and when you prune a tree or shrub can impact how the tree grows. Our staff will make sure the limbs and branches are encouraged to grow to maintain the structural integrity of the tree. This helps reduce the risks of broken and falling branches damaging your home, vehicle, or family. By having a professional evaluate your trees, we can make sure the weight distribution is even. Plus, pruning improves the appearance of your trees! We even offer tree shaping for ornamental trees to help you achieve the picturesque yard you’ve always wanted.

Better Utilization Of Resources

This is especially important for larger, older trees. When your tree becomes a towering giant, it needs more nutrients to maintain mass, but it can’t absorb all the nutrients it needs from the soil. By pruning a couple of the larger branches, there’s less mass the tree needs to take care of. This forces the tree to focus on maximizing its resources. Our team can help you evaluate which branches would be best removed.

Reduced Risk

The larger and older the trees, the more likely they are to have branches break off. When these large limbs come down, they often take our property with them. Millions of dollars in damage is caused to vehicles, homes, and garages every year. By being proactive about pruning your trees, you can mitigate future risks down the road. This will save you thousands of dollars, insurance headaches, and middle-of-the-night phone calls to 24/7 emergency tree removal services.tree pruning

Diagnose Other Issues

When your arborist inspects your tree during the pruning process, they might notice signs of other underlying issues – namely, diseases and pest problems. Like many things in the lawn care industry, the sooner you address a problem, the better chance your trees and shrubs will bounce back. Emerald ash borer is one such example. If caught early, you can save the tree from being killed by these horrid insects.

Improve The Look Of Your Plants

Trees don’t care about aesthetics, and they will sprout new branches when and how it suits them. As a consequence, you might be left with a wonky-looking tree. Low-hanging branches are particularly annoying, and they can make chores like mowing the lawn and raking leaves a pain, forcing you to duck down. Our team will make sure your trees don’t hinder the functionality of your yard.

Increase Sunlight

When it comes to absorbing sunlight, sometimes the tree can get in its own way. Trees, of course, need light to perform photosynthesis, which creates food. However, this process sometimes is hindered when the uppermost branches block out the lower ones. Photosynthesis runs when the sun can reach the highest quantity of leaves. So even if your tree has a high amount of leaves, if the majority of them are blocked by the uneven canopy above, it doesn’t matter.

Landscaping Improves Curb Appeal

While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that’s not the case when it comes to real estate. Research shows that having a well-manicured landscape, including well-kempt trees, can impact your home’s curb appeal and, consequently, the market value by as much as 14%.

Get To The Root Of The Matter

If and when trees experience root loss, they can become top-heavy. This, of course, creates a fall risk, but by keeping up with the pruning of your tree, you can compensate for the loss of roots.

Amputate Dead Or Dying Branches

Just as a doctor might amputate a limb to save a patient from infection, trimming a dead or dying branch of a tree can often stave off a pest infestation, or disease, from taking over the entire tree. Plus, it will improve the tree’s look in spring and summer, and nothing sticks out like a sore thumb more than a completely bare branch in the middle of lush green foliage.

Hire Tree Pruning Services – Call PPM Tree Service And Arbor Care

Now’s the time to have your trees pruned and shaped. PPM Tree Service And Arbor Care offers professional tree pruning and removal near Canton, Michigan. Our certified arborists will ensure that your largest plants are trimmed safely and effectively. If your trees or shrubs need shaping, give us a call at (877) 454-8733 or leave us a message online. Our team is standing by to speak to you! To learn more about caring for your trees and shrubs, be sure to check out our blog page, where we post articles twice a month.

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