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Summer Tree Trimming Takes Careful Monitoring of Wind and Heat

Getting your trees checked out once the leaves have sprouted is an ideal way to make sure that any dead or dying branches get removed. Because a fully leafed-out tree will face more wind impact, it’s important to work with a skilled professional who has the know-how and the tools to safely trim trees in summer.

Start With a Careful Diagnosis

There are many reasons that your trees need trimming. If you’ve recently purchased the property, they may not have received care. There are some tree varieties that simply produce a thick canopy, and the tree may have suffered wind damage.

A knowledgeable professional can help you understand the quirks of the trees in your yard. They can also help you keep an eye out for diseases and fungi that are currently impacting trees in your area. Early diagnosis and a quick removal of a diseased portion of a tree may prevent the need for full removal.

Trimming Vs. Pruning

When a tree is trimmed, the shape is cleaned up for a better aesthetic. A tree that has grown over your hot tub or pool and is dropping seed pods and leaves into the water may need trimming for the sake of convenience. Before you fill your pool, consider getting your trees trimmed so you can relax and enjoy the water.

If a tree has suffered damage or is fighting a particular disease, it needs to be pruned. Diseased and damaged portions need to be cut away so the tree can put energy into new growth. Young trees can also benefit from a targeted pruning. If you’re hoping to turn a small tree into a shade tree for the summer, pruning can create a healthy canopy and encourage the tree to grow taller.

Face the Heat

Summer yard work can be hazardous to homeowners and tree professionals alike. An early start is key, especially if morning breezes turn into afternoon gales in your area. Also, it’s important to avoid the hottest times of the day, which are typically between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An early start is also helpful if there are stinging insects nesting in your tree.

Your arborist will need to assess the trees in your yard for pests. One wasp’s nest can create extremely hazardous conditions for folks on ladders and in lift buckets. If your arborist notes hazardous insects, you may need to contact a pest professional or reach out to a beekeeper before trimming starts.

If you need to address the shape or health of the trees in your Springfield, MO yard, contact The Tree Doctor to help determine the best steps to trim and prune your trees for optimum health.

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