Tree Trimming and Pruning in Orland Park

The health of a tree is no different than the health of your own, the more work and effort you place on your health, the more your outward appearance will shine and be vibrant.  Likewise, trees need to be trimmed and pruned to help stay at their best condition. If you’re in need of having your trees trimmed and pruned so they look their best, we would love to help.  We’ve been helping both homeowners and businesses owners in Orland Park to keep their trees looking their best. We can help you put together a maintenance program and provide other tips, suggestions and recommendations so that your trees, shrubs and greenery always look their best!

What is the process of pruning a tree?

It’s really very straightforward, pruning a tree simply means to selectively remove certain parts of a tree, such as its branches, roots or buds.  This technique can be applied to trees, roses, fruit trees and grapevines.

What is the importance of pruning and trimming your trees?

There are many benefits to pruning a tree, especially if done on a regular basis, however the biggest benefit for tree pruning lies in the safety of the people around the tree.  Dead branches can (and often do) fall from trees very frequently causing people to get seriously hurt. By constantly being aware of large branches that appear to be in poor physical shape, the limb can be cut to prevent serious injury.  Pruning large limbs and branches can come with its challenges so call experts such as ourselves to take down and remove the larger branches.

Pruning a tree is also really important because it helps guide the directions in which a tree grows, doing this will help trees to maintain the structural stability and help those that may need cabling and bracing in the future because their structure has become so poor from years of improper growth.  Think back to the Karate Kid movies where Mr. Miyagi would prune and trim his Bonzai trees.  He took the time to shape them so that they were not only structurally great, but also symmetrical and balanced.  You’re trying to achieve the same goal with your trees through habitual maintenance and care.

Plant health is extremely critical and pruning helps with that, by removing dead or dying branches and limbs, you are encouraging regeneration of new cells.  This regeneration encourages strong limb growth with more resilience to pest and animal infestation. If you have fruit trees, you should consider pruning often because it promotes healthy fruit and flower production.  Not only that, but it keeps your evergreens proportioned and dense all while keeping your plants size and shape the way it should be.

Types of tree pruning

If you’re not familiar with the art of pruning and trimming trees then you should consider hiring a professional who can do a great job for you.  Depending on the scope of the job, you could be working with uncomfortable heights, sharp and dangerous power tools, heavy equipment and tree limbs and branches that can unexpectedly break on you.  That being said, different arborists will approach different trees with different pruning techniques. Here are a few of the more common methods that we use in our company:

Thinning - also known as thinning the crown, this is where you selectively remove live branches to reduce the density in the crown.  This is the most popular method of all techniques because it’s thought to allow the most wind and sunlight to pass through the trees, making it more resilient to hold up during a storm while allowing the most amount of sunlight to pass through.

Topping - is the practice of removing whole tops of trees or large branches in general, leaving behind only the tree stubs.  Imagine a beautiful, well rounded tree canopy having the top sliced off, like slicing off the top of a pineapple. It is thought that the tree limbs that are left behind will benefit greatly from extra light penetration, but the belief has been shown to be inaccurate and false.  In fact, this technique can cause much more harm than good, and can even encourage pests and bugs to bore into the tree causing disease.

Raising - also known as canopy lifting is a technique used to prevent low level branches from growing into an excessive diameter length.  This is used in more urban settings where clipping the lower level branches encourages the upper canopy to make up for it. Since trees in an urban atmosphere cannot hang low for fear of causing bodily injury or property damage, this may be a technique that gets used more often.  This isn’t as common in rural settings where the lower canopy can cause harm or destruction.

Reduction - this method is used primarily for two reasons, either to reduce the risk of failure or provide clearance from a structure.  This is a temporary technique used to reduce the size of a tree by decreasing the length of one or many stems and branches. This is usually a short term solution, so taking this route would mean constant reduction in perpetuity.

What is the best time to prune a tree?

The best time to prune and trim a tree is during the coldest months of the year between late fall and early spring.  A visually easy way to tell that it’s a good time is when the leaves are changing colors in the fall and before flowers bloom in the springtime.

Why is late fall and early spring the best time to prune?

This is the best time of the year to prune trees because during those cold winter months, trees actually enter a dormancy stage and their growth comes to a screeching halt.  When a tree is pruned and trimmed, you want their resources to go towards the healing and recovery of these parts of the tree, when a tree is in growth stage, many of its resources are actually going to growing leaves on the canopy, absorbing water and nutrients from the ground, absorbing sunlight for photosynthesis, and growing good healthy fruit.  

Not only this, but when a tree has open exposure, it leaves the possibility of pests and other bugs to invade the area and spread disease that can ultimately kill a tree.  The cold, dormant months minimize the spread of disease and gives the tree time to recover slowly.  

Pruning in the dormant months also allows more sunlight to pass through the tree, it allows the stronger branches to survive the harsh winter months and provides a strong base for healthy spring growth.

If you have any questions about your trees health, or if you’re in need of trimming and pruning for your very own trees, we’re happy to help.  Give us a call to schedule an appointment!

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