The When, Why, How and Who for Tree Trimming
I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree, so wrote the poet Joyce Kilmer. How do you view trees? I find them beautiful as there are so many varieties in different shapes and sizes. Some produce flowers and others have gorgeous coloring in the autumn as the leaves change. Trees provide homes for birds and squirrels, whose antics, as they chase each other around a tree or from branch to branch, are quite amusing. There is also the entertainment aspect from a child’s point of view. As a youngster my brothers and I had tree forts. One of my favorite things was to get up in a tree when the wind picked up before a storm and sway with the branches – so much fun!
Trees are essential to the environment as they provide oxygen, improve air quality, conserve water and preserve soil. If properly placed, trees can also serve as sound barriers and shade our homes to lower utility bills. Without a doubt trees are important and therefore need to be properly maintained so they can be enjoyed for many years to come.
When selecting a company, Jeff Sifrit with KC Arborist Tree Care, recommends asking if a certified arborist will actually be the one trimming the tree. He states, “The owner may be certified but may utilize employees who are not certified arborists”. Jeff also suggests making sure the company is insured to protect your property and the neighbors. I asked Jeff if the adage to only trim trees in the months that end in ‘r’ is true. He had not heard that but said there would be some truth in it. Jeff stated that fall is the best time to trim and clean up a tree in preparation for the winter weather. You can learn more going to www.kcarborist.com. KC Arborist Tree Care is a 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award winner and is a member of the Tree Care Industry Association and the International Society of Arboriculture.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Services, the primary reasons for pruning trees include safety, health and aesthetics. An important guideline to remember is to prune first for safety, next for health and finally for aesthetics.
• Safety –Removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trimming branches that interfere with line of sight on streets or driveways and removing branches that grow into utility lines.
• Health – Removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow and reduce pest problems, and removing crossing and rubbing branches.
• Aesthetics – Enhancing the natural form and character of trees or stimulating flower production.
If you choose to do your own tree maintenance you can find excellent information, explanations and illustrations at http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/howtos/ht_prune/prun001.htm.
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