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Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning

Trimming and pruning are two of the best ways for homeowners to take care of their trees. Both of these services create an aesthetically pleasing landscape and encourage the health and growth of your trees. But before you head into your garden with clippers and shears, it is important to know the differences and benefits of trimming and/or pruning. This way you can create the look you’ve always wanted, without causing any harm or damage to the trees.

Tree Trimmingtree pruning in Canton, MI

Tree trimming is mainly performed to create a clean, professional, aesthetically pleasing appearance. Any branch that does not add intrinsic value to the tree (i.e. dead, diseased, or low hanging branches) will be removed. This aids in the tree maintaining a nice, natural shape, and it adds value to your lawn and landscape.

Some other benefits to tree trimming are:

  • Health – By removing dead, dying, and diseased branches you are preventing the spread of those diseases to other healthy parts of the tree. Also, you are creating space for sun and oxygen to get to deeper parts of the tree, which improves overall health and growth.
  • Safety – Dead branches that hang over your home, garage, or cars can do serious damage to your property. All it takes is moderate to high winds, rain, and/or a storm to bring those branches crashing down. Trim those branches to significantly reduce the chances of that happening!

Tree Pruningoak wilt found on tree leaf in Michigan

Tree pruning is a tedious task, which focuses more on the trees health and structure, and less on the shape. When pruning, handheld tools are utilized to remove dead and diseased branches that can easily spread come springtime. Some of the common diseases that need to be removed via pruning are:

  • Oak wilt – A fungal disease that eventually can kill the tree
  • Dutch elm disease – Another fungal disease spread by elm beetles on elm trees
  • Fire blight – Effects fruit trees and spreads rapidly

Winter is a good time to prune your trees as these diseases have often gone dormant, and can be removed before having any negative effects come springtime. Also, it is easier to see the dead and diseased branches in the wintertime, especially after all the leaves have fallen.

By pruning now, you are preparing your trees for lush, healthy growth come springtime. By removing unnecessary branches you are creating less stress on the tree now, and more room for growth in the future. It’s a win-win!

At PPM, we offer both tree trimming and tree pruning services. Our experts will advise you on what we think is best for your trees, and we will create an optimal plan to fit your needs and create that beautiful landscape you’ve always wanted. Give us a call at (877) 454-8733 to hear more

5 Tips On Transplanting Trees

If you love trees then you hate to see them go to waste. If you have trees growing on your property in inconvenient places you might want to transplant them someplace else, why not, it’s a free tree! Here is a list of 5 tips to help you transplant a tree properly.

Prepare the Sitetree transplant

Before you even dig up the tree you should dig the hole first. It should be about three times as wide and the same depth as the root ball. If you are planting in the fall or the tree is more than 1 inch in diameter, you can rinse the soil off the roots to make it easier to handle. Set the tree in the hole so that the soil line on the tree is even with the surrounding soil. Don’t plant too deep. Cover the roots with dirt and gently pack it. Use the end of a shovel to pack dirt in further and create holes for watering. Form the dirt around the base of a tree into a bowl shape to keep water from flowing out and eroding the dirt away.

Save the Roots

The amount of roots you need to transplant a tree depends on the diameter of the trunk. Deciduous trees with a 1-inch trunk diameter should have a root ball size of about 18 inches wide and 14 inches deep. For a 2-inch diameter trunk, the root ball should be at least 28 inches wide and 19 inches deep.

Plant in the Fall

The best time to plant a tree is when the tree is dormant. Do so before the ground freezes and it can still receive adequate rainfall. Fall planting allows nutrients to be directed to the roots since there is no more demand from leaves.

Water Regularly

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Because it’s impossible to not damage roots when you transplant a tree, newly transplanted trees need a regular watering schedule for the first two to three years after planting, especially during dry periods. If you are transplanting in the fall when the tree is dormant it is not recommended to water after the first frost.

Prune

To help promote root growth and lessen stress on the tree, young trees should have lower branches pruned. This is especially true if you are planting in any season other than fall. This will help balance the loss of roots and the shock of the transplant. Remember, trees grow out, not up, so those knee high branches are going to have to be cut at some point anyway.

Trees that are over 2 inches in diameter can weigh several hundred pounds. Trees this size should be handled by a professional. If you have any trees that need planting make an appointment with PPM today.

Tree Removal and Pruning: Why Fall is the Perfect Time for Tree Care

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors and trees are getting ready to go dormant for the winter. After a full season of growing your trees may look a little unruly and need a trim. It’s also a time when disease-bearing insects go into hibernation or die, making it the ideal time to think about tree removal.

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fall tree removal pruning is a great way to get your tree ready for fall

Pruning not only helps your trees look aesthetically pleasing, it also keeps the tree growing healthy. Low hanging, unnecessary branches draws water and nutrients away from the rest of the tree. Cutting these branches off in the fall, when the tree’s growing cycle has stopped, will redirect the nutrients to the rest of the tree and bolster its growth in the spring.

What To Use

Low hanging and small reachable limbs can be cut with pruning shears, clippers, or hand saws. Don’t worry about protecting the fresh cuts unless the species is susceptible to disease. Large, out of reach limbs or entire tree removal should be done by a professional.

Signs That It’s Time to Remove That Tree

Fall is upon us and by now the leaves on your trees are beginning to change colors and fall. If you have any sick trees in your lawn then fall is a great time to identify them and have them removed before winter comes. Here are a few diseases to watch out for:

Dutch Elm Disease

Carried by bark beetles, this invasive disease was first reported in the U.S. in 1928. By 1950 it had spread to Detroit and it’s suburbs, devastating the lofty elms that shaded most streets at the time. Despite a large-scale spraying campaign the disease spread through Michigan, decimating the elm population through the 70s. Since then the disease has come back several times and still affects the small number of elms remaining. An infected tree’s leaves will begin to turn yellow and drop off in summer months.

Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt is a disease caused by fungus carrying beetles. The disease most likely originated in Latin America, carried to the US by beetles that feed on the sap of oak trees. Confirmed in 56 counties in Michigan, this disease affects all species of oak but kills red oaks much faster than white oaks. You will start to see the leaves turn brown on the tips and work its way down. Eventually, the tree will lose its leaves and die within months. The Michigan DNR recommends not pruning your oaks from April through the end of summer because this is when the tree is most vulnerable.

Needle Blight

Have you noticed your pine trees turning brown, losing needles, or its needles looking abnormally thin? Then you might have needle blight. The fungus mycosphaerella pini causes needle blight and affects over sixty species of pine. The fungus spreads to other branches and trees by rain dripping through infected branches or by physical touch. If you see your pines exhibiting signs of needle blight then prune the infected branches and clean up any needles under the tree, ideally in the fall,  and move them to a safe location where the spores cannot infect other trees.

Take Action

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After you’ve determined that your tree is infected and dying it is imperative to have that tree safely removed and the wood properly destroyed. Check with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about transporting infected wood. In some cases, as with infected Elm trees, it is illegal to transport.

Get Professional Tree Removal Help

If you need a tree removed or pruned don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact us about our professional tree removal and pruning services at PPM or call us at, (877) 454-8733.

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