February 15, 2022 Tree trimming is a routine maintenance procedure that can increase the health and life of your trees. At Front Range Arborists, we keep trees healthy and beautiful with proper tree care and maintenance for your commercial property. By managing trees on your commercial property you will enhance the appeal of your business. In addition to maintaining your trees, trimming your trees will improve the appearance of health of your trees all year while keeping your property safe from the burden of fallen branches. Let’s learn more about tree trimming. Why Do We Trim Trees? Tree limbs are trimmed and pruned for many reasons, most of which are to result in a cleaner looking and healthier tree. When it comes to tree pruning, there are many benefits such as an increase in flower and fruit production, enhancing natural shape, providing clearance, reducing shade and wind resistance, and even saving damaged trees. Tree trimming is the same, except that trimming promotes healthy growth primarily, while pruning is removing smaller or unnecessary branches. Tree Trimming vs Tree Pruning Often, commercial clients prefer tree trimming to keep their trees in better shape and keep them more attractive to prospective clients; after all, a better appearance means a better first impression. Tree pruning, on the other hand, is the removal of unnecessary branches and sometimes even roots. These limbs and roots may be dead and need to be removed from the tree. Both services are done to maintain the optimal health of trees. Tree Trimming Tips It’s normally best to trim or prune trees during dormant season, and the only exception is when a hazard occurs. Be conscious of the branch that you are planning to remove and leave anything too large to a professional as injury and damage may occur if improperly done. Only trim branches that are weak, as they are not good for the health of trees. Try to prune away branches when they are young, as they are much easier to manage at this stage. Don’t trim a branch too close, and don’t trim it too much. A professional team of arborists is trained to know the optimal length. The Crown Crown thinning and crown raising are important to remember when trimming a tree. The crown is the layers above the first major lateral branches. If you want to thin the crown of a tree, remember to keep lateral branches as evenly spaced as possible, especially on young trees. Also never remove more than 1/4th of a living crown at once, as this can cause long-term damage. If you want to raise the crown for reasons like providing clearance for pedestrians and ground activity, maintain live branches on at least two-thirds of a tree’s height. Removing too many branches near the bottom half will cause the tree to not develop a strong stem. When in doubt, our professional team can get the job done efficiently and correctly, the first time. Keep your property’s landscape clean and pristine with professional trimming services from the expert and certified arborists at Front Range Arborists. Call today to schedule your FREE commercial or residential or commercial property consultation.