Monday, October 29, 2012

Why is pruning so important?

It seems that all tree services advertise pruning and trimming excessively. Well, there's a good reason for that. Pruning is one of the most important things you can do for your tree to give it a good chance at a long healthy life.
What is it about pruning that is so essential to a tree's care?

Pruning helps your trees maintain a high level of care and maintenance. And it’s good for safety and aesthetic reasons. But pruning should be done with the proper understanding of how a tree will respond to the cuts. Improperly done, pruning can cause damage that lasts the entire lifetime of the tree. Improper pruning can even shorten a tree’s life.

A tree cut has the potential of changing a tree’s growth. However, no branch should ever be removed without a good reason. Some common reasons for pruning include dead or dying branches, crowded limbs, light and air penetration or for aesthetic reasons. Routing branch thinning does not necessarily improve a tree’s health. Leaves serve to manufacture the sugar that trees need for growth and development. Removing foliage can restrict a tree’s sugar energy reserves. And if the pruning is too heavy it can place significant stress and threaten a tree’s health.

It’s simply a fact that in urban and suburban environments, trees need to be modified on occasion for people and trees to coexist. Pruning should be attempted with a full understanding of a tree’s biology.

Here's a little Trees "R" Us, Inc. secret: how we decide which trees need pruning or removal.

With over 20 years of service, we have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with property owners. We follow the “best practices” guidelines established by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). These standards are also endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.

When will Trees "R" Us, Inc. recommend tree removal?

Trees "R" Us, Inc. recommends tree removal when trees are decaying or dead. Tree limbs that fall on power lines should also be removed. Pruning is necessary, and there may be trees that cannot survive. These trees can become hazardous.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. team of professional arborists will remove all pruned tree limbs and brush from your property after completing the job. Ask them if they can cut and stack the pruned limbs along with wood chips for firewood.

At Trees "R" Us, Inc. we stick to the strict standards set by the ISA for tree removal, pruning, tree cabling, bracing fertilization and more. And the fact that we’re family owned means we take a lot of pride in the services we offer. You can expect outstanding results because we employ professional arborists who use our top-of-the line equipment.

Don’t trust amateurs to handle your tree pruning needs. For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069 or email today at

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