Friday, December 28, 2012

Tree branches are strong, but you still need to protect them

Tree branches are amazingly strong able to withstand piled up ice, snow, high winds, climbing animals, and kids on tire swings!  How is this all possible?

By nature's design, branches are a very unique structure. You'll be surprized to know that you could even say that they are not actually connected to the trunk of the tree! The pith or central column of growth between the two is not connected at all. It is only the trunk and the branch that overlap and create a very strong union that goes unmatched by human engineering. And, for this reason, in nature it is not uncommon to find branches that extend outwards ninety feet more without breaking!

This tree branch diagram shows the typical connection of the branch to the tree. The branch wood is separate from the trunk wood and is attached to the tree very strongly by means of interlocking growth between the two. This overlapping area creates what is called the branch collar. It is important to know what’s underneath the tree's bark.  The tree's health can be severely impaired if you cut too close to the tree as it will be damaging to the tree's trunk.  Trees are intricate creations of nature and we need to take good care of them. Before  you go cutting, pruning, or removing a tree, please make sure to contact your local tree service for some good advice. 

For both pruning and tree removal, you should contact a local tree service with an on-staff certified arborist. Pruning needs to be done correctly and removal is dangerous, so leave it to the pros.  

At Trees "R" Us, Inc. we take pride in not only our professional tree care services, but also educating our customers. It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment. We hope you found this post informative and educational. 

Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs. Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services. Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at or at 847-913-9069.

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