March 2, 2023 The trees we see and often take for granted are some of the most important organisms for life as we know it. They provide much of the oxygen we breathe, cooling shade in the heat of summer and shelter for animals of all kinds. While they may grow unaided in forests, they can be destroyed by pest and weather damage or simply poor growing conditions. The care of trees may seem to be something any homeowner can manage, but to fully enjoy all the benefits of trees as long as possible, the knowledge and experience of a professional arborist is recommended. Tree Health Proper pruning and pest control are two of the most important facets of landscaping care. Improper cuts to tree limbs can allow fungi to harm the tree. When pruning is done poorly or overdone, it can lead to both stunted growth and overgrowth. These in turn can cause branches to break and potentially cause damage to structures or landscaping. Arborists understand the life cycle of different trees and how to encourage strong, weather resilient growth. Property Damage and Liability When trees are allowed to grow out of control, or are improperly pruned, branches may become weak and break off, falling on cars, structures or people. The cost to repair damage to your own home or a neighbor’s can be costly and damaging to relationships. If growth is unregulated, damage may also be done to electrical lines, which can result in power outages, injuries and death. Professional arborists know the best methods for pruning to protect from electrical lines and have the proper equipment to remove trees and stumps without damage to nearby structures and wildlife habitats. Pay Once, Not Repeatedly It may seem like trimming a few branches or removing a tree stump would be an easy task, but there is a chance of fungus growth or pest infestation if not done properly. These can spread to nearby trees, damaging and all too often killing them. Your professional arborist has specialized knowledge about the various pests, where they live and what they thrive upon. They can eliminate current infestations and prevent problems in the future. Safety Many homeowners take an understandable pride in maintaining their home and landscape. There’s a substantial amount of satisfaction to be had wielding hand and power tools and getting the job done yourself. There is also a considerable amount of danger involved in using ladders, saws, stump grinders, chain saws and stump removal chemicals. It’s best to leave the use of these tools to the professionals trained in their proper use and safety. Keeping Up Appearances As with most things, healthy trees are beautiful trees and can enhance a home in many ways. A professional arborist knows just the right trees to create the landscape of your dreams, and how to care for them. A line of healthy trees can act as a windbreak to aid in the protection of the family homestead. Blossoming fruit trees in a bower along the lane can provide a romantic hideaway and fresh, natural scents. Changes with each season are heralded by the vibrant shades of leaves, from the oranges and reds of maples, gold of aspen and lush green of the willow. The placement of trees can create a perennial color show across your landscape. If you own property in the Colorado Springs area and have trees that need care, or you are thinking of growing your own little grove, contact Front Range Arborists today to get a free estimate on the care of your trees and shrubs.