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Pruning Trees Properly

Pruning Trees Properly
Proper Tree Pruning

There are different objectives for tree pruning.

The first one is always safety. Trees in areas around your home or on properties where there is foot traffic or vehicles need to be pruned to remove deadwood. Dead limbs fall from trees frequently and should be removed to reduce liabilities with trees making areas safer. During this type of pruning, it also gives the arborist a chance to view the trees canopy (aerial assessment) to look for any types of stress cracks, hanging limbs, structural defects etc. Another safety issue involving tree pruning is to prune for any type of visual obstructions for traffic areas or low hanging limbs and foliage that people could walk into.

Secondly, trees should be pruned for maintenance concerns with homes and buildings. Limbs and foliage touching and rubbing can damage paint and excessive rubbing can even cause minor structural damage. They can also become an entry point for insects or even unwanted critters. Too much low canopy can start to encroach and present conditions favoring mold or mildew build up from poor air circulation and too much shade. Mosquitoes can also become more prevalent in this environment and fungal problems with trees and plants will become more likely. Thinning tree canopies may be necessary for added exposures to certain plantings or turf grasses.

Thirdly, trees may be pruned to promote overall health and to help encourage proper growth and structural integrity. Generally speaking, healthy trees have good foliage density but are not overcrowded in the interior. Crown thinning can help alleviate the wind sail effect. Trees with good symmetry and scaffold branch arrangement are typically stronger and less susceptible to storm damage. Dead limbs that are removed routinely and properly vs falling off on their own can prevent damaging wounds that can sometimes happen and lead to decay columns. Dead wood removal also eliminates the hosts for wood boring insects and some diseases. Trees in close proximity to one another often times start to conflict; pruning can helps keep separation between them. This helps maintain good air flow, sunlight, and symmetry in their crowns. Structural pruning could be done to help fruit trees withstand the added weight of the fruit.

Finally, trees are pruned for aesthetics. The purpose for this is to help embellish a property, adding curb appeal and accenting architectural features. Properties with poorly maintained trees and plants can detract from the beauty and make them feel less inviting and hospitable. Differentiation between trees and between trees and structures is welcoming and makes the overall look and feel of a property better. Vista pruning could be put into this section as well. This type of pruning is done to gain a sight line or improve a view, typically of a natural feature such as a lake, mountains, or golf course.

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Proper Tree Care and Maintenance

Proper Tree Care
Proper Tree Care and Maintenance

Acorn Tree Care offers exceptional quality tree care and tree maintenance for Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Cumming, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, and other surrounding areas.

We believe that you should have your trees properly maintained each season with routine tree pruning and tree fertilization. Our tree care services will ensure that your tree is free of disease, dead branches, or awkward growing limbs.

Below are some common tree care and maintenance questions that we are asked. Please take some time to read through the questions and responses!

How do I know if a tree is dying or dead?

The foliage will start to turn brown and die back on your tree. Many times there will already be limbs or even sections of the tree that have little or no leaves and/or needles. Often, hardwood trees will lose most of the foliage in the extremities and have a large emergence of sucker sprouts coming from the trunk of the tree this usually means the tree in highly stressed and is probably dying. It can sometimes be hard to identify dead or dying deciduous trees in the dormant season sense their are no leaves any way. Here are a few clues. Bark falling off/blue or grayish looking stained areas on the trunk and limbs/the overall color of the tree appears to be drab and dull. Many times their will be Pieces of limb tips and or sections of the tree starting to break out from the top down and fall.

What should I do if I think my tree is stressed dying or dangerous?

Call a certified arborist and have your trees assessed promptly. Many times people notice decline in their trees when it's already too late, or they wait and see if the tree or trees will simply "come back". This is rarely the case and in most instances by the time a qualified arborist is called out the trees are already in advance stages of decline, and it may be too late to recommend treatment for them. Promptness is also key when dealing with trees you already know are dead to because if a tree service is hired to remove the tree soon after the tree has passed the point where it could potentially be saved it will help their job to be much safer and more efficient. Due to the fact that trees start to rapidly decompartmentalize while they are dying, causing the wood to possibly become unsound and lose more of its structural integrity as time passes. This in turn will make them more dangerous to remove and more time consuming to clean up.

What is the right time of year to have my trees pruned?

Many large woody native or indigenous specious can be pruned year round with few significant detrimental effects. Flowering trees and shrubs may need to be pruned at different times of the year as not to affect their bloom production or cause any damage to new growth associated with frost. There are also certain advantages to pruning trees in the dormant season or winter time. Consult with an arborist for more information on what the most ideal times might be to prune your trees.
What is woodland management?

Selective tree thinning can help your trees grow to their fullest potential. When trees start to grow many times they are overcrowded. If left alone, they will eventually weed themselves out through natural selection. Many trees on properties are capable of getting very large, in turn, dominating large areas and using all the available resources they can get to do so. As a wooded area starts to become established around our homes or on our properties it is important to manage the trees. First, the trees should be identified in order to have a basis as to which trees may be more desirable than others. Diversity is important as well and through knowing what each tree is one can start to make decisions on which ones to cultivate based on a number of factors, such as growth habits, life expectancy, aesthetic appeal, even wild life habit. The reasons go on and on.

Thinning and culling trees, especially early on, will benefit the remaining trees and your property in many ways. Resources will be more plentiful making trees healthier and in turn, more resistant to insect infestation and disease. More space per tree generally means trees tend to grow much more symmetrically and broader rather than linear. Under story trees and plants thrive in shade environments, but not super dense shade were plants become stifled from too much lack of sun and air flow. Having ample spacing between trees also makes wooded areas much more hospitable. Mosquito populations decrease, less moisture and humidity is trapped, and sunlight dapples through. Wooded areas have depth of field rather than looking impenetrable, therefore adding to security around your home making things more visible. Dogwoods and other shade loving plants and trees bloom much longer and vividly in partial shade rather than full shade.

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What is Arboriculture

What is Arboriculture
Arboriculture Landscaping Services

Landscaping

Arboriculture and landscaping design go hand in hand. A lot of land development projects integrate trees and shrubs as an essential visual feature since they enhance the attractiveness of a structure or landscape. Having said that, without the proper development planning and upkeep, trees could be a risk to safety.

Developing structures around trees may be challenging. Plants and foliage which already appear in areas which are being developed have to be examined for overall health. Trees could possibly get hit by heavy construction machinery and be harmed. Regardless if they stay standing, their structural integrity will have already been jeopardized and can ultimately cause damage to a building at a later time.

Construction

Construction sites therefore reap the benefits of arboriculture support that includes tree inspection, protection and preservation plans. By doing this, they are able to work around trees without damaging them.

 

In areas that have severe weather, extreme winds may cause a tree's branches to break and hit individuals, cars or buildings, and become road hazards. This is especially true in places that the roadsides are lined with trees and shrubs. In some instances, the danger could be reduced by selecting tree varieties that could stand up to severe weather conditions. Arboriculture should thus be considered throughout road planning.

Foliage which already exist around homes, structures, parks as well as other areas visited by a lot of individuals need to be frequently inspected. They might already display the signs of decline and failure that the inexperienced eye might not recognize. Trees which are put through inappropriate maintenance can also become dangerous. For example, a tree whose crown gets in the way of utility lines could get trimmed. This could bring about decay and tree failure and may result in damage of property if the tree drops.

With appropriate inspection, tree maintenance and arboriculture support, tree hazards could be detected and avoided. Keeping trees healthy will guarantee that they remain an attractive part of the landscape for many years.

Residential Tree Consulting Services

Our certified arborists can also provide professional arboriculture and tree consulting services for individuals in the greater Atlanta, GA region. We can examine your property and let you know which trees will work best both aesthetically and as far as growing will go. You want a tree that is strong, durable, resilient, and beautiful!

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