Part one of a series on tree trimming in Phoenix explores some basics of tree care.
How Often Should I Trim my Trees?
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.”
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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