Trees do most of their growing in the springtime. But by summertime, branches can be encroaching roof tops, power lines and preventing the sunlight from shining into your yard. But is summertime really the best time of year to be pruning and cutting trees? Here are a few issues to consider before beginning a summertime tree pruning project.
Suitable Reasons for Summertime Tree Trimming
Essential reasons for tree trimming consist of getting rid of dead or broken branches, and any other branches or limbs that could present a threat to personal safety or property damage. Known as a crown cleaning, this sort of pruning helps the tree maintain a robust and wholesome branch structure to enable it to withstand punishing winds and the elements.
Be sure to have a tree professional review all the proper cutting techniques. Proper cutting techniques enable a tree to repel insects and resist disease. In general, small pruning cuts are preferred rather than large cuts. Trees are then able to heal faster because of their ability to grow over the smaller cuts much faster than larger cuts.
Easy, Though – Don’t Over Do It
Be careful not to over prune your trees. Leaves provide food for trees and when too much foliage is removed, the tree can be weakened and “malnourished.”
Also, be aware that tree species react differently to the effects of trimming. Trees such as magnolia, birch, and Japanese maple do not tolerate heavy pruning and are more susceptible to “over pruning” problems than other trees.
Some tree are not suitable for summertime pruning. Wait until late fall or winter to prune oak and elm trees. Trimming these species during the summertime can invite unwanted insects and pests that carry oak wilt, or Dutch elm disease. Both of these diseases can be fatal to the tree.
If you’re not sure if or how much your trees need pruning this summer, then get a professional inspection from Axemen Tree Service. We’re happy to review our service with you.
Not Sure? Call Axemen
Call the pros at Axemen to learn more about assessing the need for summertime tree trimming. Axemen offers professional and quality tree care service for your GA home. We are your tree service experts serving Woodstock, Marietta, East Cobb and Roswell.