Monday, March 5, 2012

Pruning and Trimming Tips

I thought I'd write a little bit about pruning and trimming today.  I just uploaded a video to youtube of Trees "R" Us, Inc. trimming a massive tree in the North Shore area of Chicago.  This tree was immense.  It was a huge undertaking, but with my great crew it all came together seamlessly and with ease.
So, I thought an appropriate post today would be about proper and safe tree trimming.

As you will see in the video, Trees "R" Us, Inc. provides outstanding tree pruning and tree trimming services performed by experienced staff to Chicago's North Shore and its surrounding suburbs.  There is a right and wrong time to prune and trim.  Keep your trees healthy and beautiful by doing tree maintenance at the right times. Removal of dead, dying, diseased, interfering and obstructive limbs is the best method of maintaining tree health and appearance and can be done at any time. However, different species need trimming at different times of the year in order to promote healthy growth.  
Most flowering trees set their blossoms the year before they bloom. Therefore, they won't bloom if these flower buds are trimmed off the tree. The best rule is to always trim flowering trees within 3 weeks of when they finish blooming. That should prevent you from inadvertently removing buds containing next year's flowers.
Some communities have codes preventing the pruning of certain types of trees at detrimental times of the year.
  • MAPLES - Maples trimmed at certain times of the year will "bleed" or drip from the pruning cuts. Bleeding is most likely to occur when Maples are pruned in the seasons just before and right after winter. Studies indicate that "bleeding" doesn't hurt the tree, so it becomes more of a cosmetic issue. If you want to prune Maples without bleeding, it must be pruned when it is fully dormant in the middle of winter (Jan or Feb) or during late spring (June) or summer (July, Aug, Sept) when it's in full leaf.
  • DOGWOODS - If you trim Dogwoods in April or May, it will make them more susceptible to the dogwood borer. This insect severely damages the vascular system of the tree after boring into the trunk.
  • OAKS - Oaks should be not be trimmed from April thru October, due to the prevalence of Oak Wilt disease pathogens during that time frame.
 It is advisable to use a professional tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. to do your trees' pruning.  We have 4 arborists on staff to help you determine your needs.  Contact us today for expert advice. or 847-913-9069 or

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