Believe it or not, trimming of trees is one of the leading elements of general landscape care and maintenance in terms of frequency. There are numerous reasons why the US Department of Agriculture recommends that trees be trimmed one to two times a year. Safety is the primary concern when it comes to the regular trimming of trees, as branches that fall can damage property, and can even become a liability if they fall and hurt a person.
Tree health is another important consideration for the regular trimming of trees, as cutting branches can stimulate branch growth and benefit the health of the tree overall. Another reason why it is important to keep trees adequately trimmed is that it improves the aesthetic appearance of the landscape, and it stimulates the production of fruit or flowers. If you are not sure when it is time to pull the tree trimmers out of the shed, these three signs are a good indication to look out for.
Frequent Branch Break Off Or Overly Thick Branches
When trees begin to decline in health, they begin to produce decrepit branches that frequently break off the tree and fall to the ground. The health decline can be the result of damage to the tree or disease of the tree. If you feel like you are constantly picking up branches that fall from a tree and it was not as bothersome for this particular tree in the past, it is a sure sign that something has compromised the health of the tree. Trimming the branches can stop the spread of disease from branch to branch and prevent further damage to the weakened limbs by inclement weather and other external factors.
If you notice that your tree has grown thicker then normal branches in comparison with the branches that it has always grown, this is a sign that your tree is ready for a trim as well. These overly thick branches will stop the sun exposure to the parts of the tree closer to the trunk which can result in an unhealthy, unstable, or even diseased tree.
Additionally, the thickened branches pose a problem to the roots of the tree because they will not allow wind to pass through the tree easily. This will result in unnecessary pressure and stress on the tree roots that are responsible for keeping it safely anchored in the ground.
Tree Has Become Static In Growth
The growth of a tree may begin to go dormant when there are excessive pressures and undue stress on the tree. This is mainly a result of certain unnecessary parts of the tree absorbing most of the nutrients that the roots soak up. This leaves a shortage in supply to the other components of the tree and results in no nutrients being contributed to the new growth of the tree. This causes the tree to stop growing normally and stagnate.
The leaves on the tree will not grow to their full potential, and the tree will remain weakened and static until it is properly trimmed. By trimming the tree correctly, the parts of the tree that are hogging the majority of the nutrient supply will be removed, leaving adequate nutrients to encourage the new growth of healthy tree branches.
Tree Exhibits Canker Spots Or Fungus On Lower Regions
Canker spots usually appear as sunken brown spots on the tree with little or no bark on them. These spots occur as a result of an inadequate source of sunlight, which encourages the decay of the tree. Plant cells are unable to undergo their normal metabolic processes to create energy when there is a lack of sunlight. Eventually, these plant cells will die off in batches and manifest in canker spots on the affected parts of the tree.
An overly dense tree top will not only inhibit sunlight to the inner trunk but can also restrict air circulation in those areas. Additionally, the deficiency of sunlight can encourage the growth of fungi that can have a parasitic effect on the tree and will cause it to fall ill. If you are noticing brown canker spots on your tree or patches of green, yellow, white, or black fungi-like material growth, it is a red flag that your tree needs to be trimmed ASAP.