Tree Pruning & Maintenance
Tree Trimming Sacramento CA
Many Sacramento properties have trees to contend with in one way or another. Some trees are small, backyard trees that grow fruit for a homeowner. Others are relics of decades gone by, growing up near homes that have seen families come and go. It’s easy to look at a neighborhood tree and think that it is the way it always has been, and always will be. In reality, without proper residential tree pruning and regular maintenance, trees can become a serious hazard to people and property.
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To most people, pruning is pruning. Sadly this is not the case. Improper pruning can make pruning necessary on an annual basis, or force the tree to grow faster, weaker, and more susceptible to insects and disease.
Proper tree pruning has a number of benefits for both the tree and the landowner:
- Proper pruning reduces the chances of failure – Dead or diseased branches are generally weaker than healthy branches. Powerful storms and high-speed winds can turn these branches into dangerous projectiles. Animals or people climbing these branches could be seriously injured when they break with little to no warning. Additionally, if a diseased branch is left unchecked, the rest of the tree could become affected.
- Pruning can outright prevent or limit disease – Proper tree pruning encourages strong, healthy growth in many trees. Healthy trees that are growing vigorously tend to be better equipped to deal with disease.
- A tree’s appearance improves with good pruning – Pruning doesn’t just remove branches, it controls how they grow and regrow. Regular pruning helps ‘train’ a tree to grow in the desired way. Many trees hold a proper pruning for several years, with some species holding a prune for up to a decade.
- Pruning controls the size of the tree – If a tree’s crown is too large, a proper tree pruning service can reduce the overall height and size of the tree without causing lasting harm. This protects the property around the tree and can restore a scenic view the tree is blocking. Pruning low hanging branches can also prevent injuries to people and damage to passing vehicles.
Dangers of Improper Tree Trimming & Pruning
Topping and “lion’s tailing” (cutting all interior branches leaving only the smallest of limbs at the very tips) are sadly common practices that can cause more harm than good. While many species of trees do survive topping, it leaves them weakened against disease and pests. In general, large pruning cuts should be avoided unless an imminent hazard is present. Proper trimming and pruning is always done out on the ends of a branch, with cuts 3” and under.
The reality is that the average homeowner, or non-ISA Qualified landscaper, will not always know how to properly prune a tree, why they should prune, or when. Worse yet, unqualified landscapers offer harmful practices as part of their own tree services, such as tree topping or lion’s-tailing. These harmful pruning methods leave many trees permanently damaged, or dead. Improper pruning can easily lead to tree failure. Large pruning cuts expose trees to disease. Pests gravitate towards pruning wounds, especially wood borer insects, as this bypasses the tree’s protective bark.
Trust Fallen Leaf Tree Management for Proper Tree Care
Immaculate tree pruning is what we are most proud of, and this is why we train our staff to be the best at all applications. We have tree crews of all sizes, with industry-certified tree workers on each crew. Fallen Leaf handles jobs of any size for all neighborhood needs, whether it’s the prized Japanese maple or the native oak shading your home.
Our tree workers are certified through the International Society of Arboriculture, the standard of professionalism in the field. We spend an hour of in-house classroom time every week. This provides additional training in pruning, hazard recognition, insects, and disease. This means our certified tree workers guarantee you a safer and more beautiful tree. All of our certified tree workers are under the supervision of one or more of our certified arborists. This ensures your trees are pruned within industry standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Society of Arborists.
Fallen Leaf’s arborists and tree technicians have decades of experience in tree pruning and maintenance. We’ll properly assess your trees, diagnose the problems we find, and take the correct actions to deal with them. If you want to protect the trees on your property, Fallen Leaf Tree Management is your best bet. Call us at (916) 226-3712 if you want tree trimming done right!