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Tree Trimming in Phoenix Part 1

Part one of a series on tree trimming in Phoenix explores some basics of tree care.

How Often Should I Trim my Trees?

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First off, if you’re just removing dead branches or leaves, you can do this pretty much any time. As to how often you should trim your trees depends on whether it is winter or summer, as this article excerpt from the Arbor Day Foundation web page shows:

“Winter Pruning-Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice. It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the desired effect. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. Some species, such as maple, walnuts and birches, may “bleed”—when the sap begins to flow. This is not harmful and will cease when the tree leafs out.

Summer Pruning-To direct the growth by slowing the branches you don’t want; or to slow “dwarf” the development of a tree or branch, pruning should be done soon after seasonal growth is complete. The reason for the slowing effect is that you reduce the total leaf surface, thereby reducing the amount of food manufactured and sent to the roots. Another reason to prune in the summer is for corrective purposes. Defective limbs can be seen more easily, or limbs that hang down too far under the weight of the leaves.”

Source Article 

Tree Trimming in Phoenix: General Tips

Tree trimming in Phoenix involves a bit of care.  You never want to cut more than 25% of a tree’s growth because it can potentially kill the tree.

When you are trimming the trees, be careful of cutting the bark.  If you cut the bark in a complete circle around the trunk, it will cause the tree to die as well.  That’s why if you aren’t sure what you’re doing, you may want to call a tree care service to help you.

This concludes part one of our series on tree care.  Be sure to read part two as well.

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Chandler AZ 85225
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Tree Trimming Part 1: How Much Should You Trim?

Part one of a two part series on tree trimming explores the frequency of trimming your trees.

How Much Should I Trim Off My Tree?

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Call a Certified Arborist | (480) 420-0902

As a tree service, we’re often asked by customers “how much should I trim off my tree?”  How much you should trim off your tree is only part of the problem.  You also want to make sure you’re trimming the right material off your tree.What is the right material?  Well, for one thing, if you have dead or dying branches on your tree, you should get them off as soon as possible, unless you are exceeding a certain amount of pruning.  For example, a good figure is 25% maximum of the tree’s total foliage in order to keep the tree healthy. This figure also includes the dead branches as well.

Why Can’t I Trim More Than 25% of My Tree?

Well, just as continuous bark is necessary for your tree’s circulation, you want to make sure that your tree’s branches aren’t trimmed too far back.  Particularly in Arizona, the more branches you have, the more water it will catch during a rainstorm, and the more water the root system will receive.  If you trim too many branches off, your tree will not get enough water unless you go to a higher level of watering.  Also, the nutrient level will drop.

When you do tree pruning, make sure that you cut at an angle, particularly upward pointing branches, as this will allow water to flow down the tree better.

When you’re in doubt, you’re better off actually calling in a tree care service to help you.  Tree services are professionals where tree care is concerned.  And if you get a tree service with an arborist on board, you’ll be very safe indeed.

This concludes part one of our series.  For more information on tree care, be sure to read part two as well.

Green ServPro LLC
600 W. Ray Rd. Suite B2
Chandler AZ 85225
(480) 420-0902

http://www.greenservpro.com