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What is pruning a tree?

A: Pruning is the cutting or removing branches or parts of trees or for improving the shape or growth of trees. This is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Usually, trees are pruned preventative or as a corrective measure to remove dead branches, crowded or rubbing limbs, eliminate hazards, and increase light and air penetration. Since each cut to a tree has the potential to change the growth, it is important to educate yourself, considering no branch should be removed without any reason.

What is topping a tree?

A: Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping including "heading," "tipping," "hat-racking," and "rounding over."

Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree.

What is mulching?

A: Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture. Mulching is extremely beneficial to trees. It can reduce water loss from soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch gives landscapes a health dose of benefits for your trees.

Why should I prune my trees?

Trees need to be pruned for a number of reasons including: safety, aesthetics
and tree health. Broken or dead branches can be dangerous if they fall -
oftentimes without warning, even on a calm day! If a tree's branches grow too big
for the tree or are too close to your roof or chimney, they need to be pruned and
cleared to prevent them from damaging your home. From an aesthetic perspective,
pruning can help make a tree look better or provide you with a better view of your
property or horizon.

Should my tree be removed?

It may be difficult for a homeowner to determine if a tree should be removed. You can see if the tree is touching or causing damage to a nearby structure, or if the tree appears damaged or dying. The only way to be sure if a tree should be removed is to call a professional tree care service like Expert Tree Service. We are trained to thoroughly evaluate the situation and make a recommendation for what is best for your tree, as well as for the safety and security of your property. Some tree care services will recommend taking a tree out, one that should not be removed, simply to increase their revenue. At Expert Tree Service, we love trees and would never recommend a tree be removed that could be saved, unless you specifically wanted that tree removed.

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