June 12, 2019 8:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are many benefits to planting and keeping trees on your property. Trees benefit the environment as a whole, and they are natural beauties that can transform any outdoor space into a relaxing home retreat, but having trees comes with responsibilities—namely, regular care and maintenance. Do you want to learn more? Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about tree pruning and other professional tree services in Baton Rouge.

Why should you prune your trees?

Trees require pruning for a number of reasons, including aesthetics, safety and tree health. Hanging dead or broken branches can be dangerous, especially since they can fall at any time whether during a storm or on a calm, windless day:

  • Tree health: When you remove damaged, dead or diseased tree branches, you’re helping to prevent organisms and insects from getting inside the tree and causing decay. Pruning also thins out dense canopies on trees, which increases airflow and sunlight in the center of tree tops. Removing crossing branches is your best chance at preventing damage caused by branches rubbing hard against each other, leading to weak areas, cracks, slips or other damage.
  • Safety: To maintain a strong tree structure, you must use proper pruning techniques and procedures. Pruning also prevents a lot of random safety hazards, like low growing branches and growth near sidewalks or driveways, which can pose serious danger to people and property during storms.
  • Maintain its form: Erratic branch growth can change the growing patterns and habits of other branches on the tree. The most common result of this is a misshapen tree. Remove these branches early to maintain a natural tree form.
  • Control growth: Pruning a tree is a way to stimulate or restrict growth. It can encourage growth in thinner areas of the tree, but it can also restrict growth where extra growth is not needed.

When is the best time to prune a tree?

Though there are ideal times to prune, damaged, dead and diseased tree branches should be removed as soon as possible. Regular pruning can be done at any time of the year, but the best time is just before the buds on trees begin to open. Prune in late winter or early spring—just avoid pruning during hot, dry weather and extreme cold, and don’t trim too much all at once.

What should you look for in a tree service company?

The three key things to look for in a tree service are reliability, quality and experience. Make sure they have extensive experience in the kind of tree trimming or pruning job you’re hiring for, and that they are a fully licensed, insured and bonded company. Employees should be trained professionals, and arborists on the team will know all about pests and tree diseases, as well as how to effectively deal with such problems. Finally, a company that’s serious will own the right professional tools for tree pruning jobs.

Allan’s Tree Service offers a wide range of tree services in Baton Rouge. From tree pruning, trimming and removal to stump grinding and more, we can do it all!

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