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Trim Your Trees for a Beautiful Yard This Spring

During the spring, trees come out of their dormant period to grow new leaves. Now is the perfect time to complement lush green lawns with beautifully trimmed trees. Spring tree trimming will help ensure that new leaves will grow and keep you, your property and your neighbors safe from falling branches.

Benefits of Tree Trimming

Tree trimming is good for the overall health of trees. It gets rid of old, dead branches that are unattractive and dangerous. Dead branches can easily blow off trees during heavy storms and can damage your property or hit someone. Also, old dangling branches can impede vision when they hang too low over the sidewalk, getting in the way of people walking by your house.

Old, dead branches aren’t the only problem. One or more of the trees in your yard may have diseased branches that need to be removed to prevent the trees from dying. Ailing branches should be removed as soon as possible to keep them from spreading their disease to any nearby trees.

Trees need balance for long-term growth. Tree trimming allows you to shape trees so that the crown is properly balanced over the stem. Once a tree is trimmed, it is easier for air and light to reach all its different parts. This leads to faster and better growth, not to mention curb appeal. The result of spring tree trimming is healthy, gorgeous-looking trees in your yard.

Tree-Trimming Tips

When removing diseased branches, disinfect your pruning tools with 70% isopropyl alcohol (sold as rubbing alcohol) or a solution of 10% chlorine bleach and 90% water before moving on to the next branch. This will prevent spreading the disease to healthy branches. Make sure the tools you use are clean and in good condition. Wear safety goggles. When trimming, make shallow cuts. Be careful not to over-trim.

When to Call a Professional Arborist

Tree trimming requires patience and practice. Start slowly, and take your time because it’s easy to trim too much. Keep in mind that even if you’re intent on doing it all yourself, there are times when it’s best to call a professional arborist. This is especially the case when trimming the tree could become dangerous, such as when cutting trees near a power line or removing large branches.

Set the Stage for a Beautiful Spring

Trees beautify a yard and raise your property value. Therefore, you want to keep them healthy and strong. For professional tree trimming and pruning in Wilmington, NC, call us at A+ Tree & Landscaping today. Our expert arborists will make your trees the envy of the neighborhood.

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