New homeowners sometimes rush to trim their yard’s trees and bushes in an attempt to beautify their surroundings and make the property feel truly theirs. Because pruning causes permanent changes to the plant itself, wise homeowners educate themselves first so that any pruning that is done is done well. If you are a new homeowner, here are a few basics that will help you know how to determine when and how to trim your trees.
Before you start making cuts, take a close look at your yard’s landscape. Answer the following questions:
1. Are any trees or shrubs rubbing against buildings?
2. Are branches coming dangerously close to electrical wires?
3. Do any of my plantings encroach on other people’s property?
4. Are windows, building entryways, sidewalks or driveways obstructed?
5. Do any trees or shrubs appear to be diseased, dying or dead?
6. Does a single tree or bush completely overwhelm the rest of the yard?
If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions, tree trimming maintenance or removal will need to be performed. If you notice problems that appear difficult or dangerous to solve, obtain the services of a professional arborist.
Each plant has its own requirements for proper pruning. An oak tree is not trimmed the same way as a palm tree. Furthermore, trees and shrubs vary greatly in their growth patterns and life cyles. For example, the roots and crown of a raspberry bush are perennial, but the stems, called “canes,” are biennial. A raspberry bush that is not pruned properly may never produce fruit.
If your new Florida home is located in or near Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Largo, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor or Tarpon Springs, a professional arborist is readily available. Join other satisfied homeowners who rely on Warner Tree Service for advice and help with all their tree care needs.
To learn more about proper tree trimming and how to keep trees healthy and your property looking its best, check out the information at Warner Tree Service or call 727-478-2864.