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Reasons For Tree Trimming

There are several reasons to trim or prune a tree, but the three main purposes are: for aesthetics, for health, and for safety.

Pruning a tree helps it maintain its shape and appearance. Having trees in the property can increase its value and keeping them properly trimmed can make any place that much livelier. Trees also provide shade and fresh air.

Trimming is also good for the tree’s health. It is sometimes possible to save an infected tree by strategically pruning away infected branches and limbs. Thinning the crown also improves airflow, which can help extend its lifespan. Branches that are crossing or rubbing together should be trimmed or even removed so that they don’t fall unexpectedly.

And this goes into the third reason why homeowners should consider tree trimming occasionally: there is a safety aspect to it that helps protect everyone in the property. It can prevent limbs and branches from growing too close to utility lines—which is a potential hazard. Dead or broken branches can fall off at any time—which is a serious safety hazard. If the branches of a tree obstruct the vision while driving, they should be trimmed away.

Similarly, there are quite a few important reasons why homeowners should not attempt to trim their trees all on their own. Hiring a professional is the most recommended option, because it is safer and more likely to be done right.

There are many things to keep in mind while trimming a tree. Experienced arborists know how often trees should be trimmed and how.

Trimming trees of any size can result in injury if the person doing it does not have any prior experience. Branches may fall in unexpected ways. Trimming larger trees may involve climbing, which is statistically more likely than accidentally cutting yourself with power tools. Certified arborists understand proper trimming methods and how to stay safe on a ladder, as well as how to properly use their equipment.

Another good reason to hire a professional is to ensure the safety and health of the trees. Trimming is more than just removing branches to keep the size of the tree under control. Tree health must be considered for long term growth. The tree trimmer will work according to the size and type of tree, to ensure that it is healthy and in good shape. This can lead to many more years with the tree.

It also takes a significant amount of time and effort just to trim a tree. Instead of spending their whole afternoon doing laborious tree work, they can just relax or manage their other responsibilities while a tree specialist takes care of it.

Arborists can get the job done in minimal time, for maximum efficiency.

How is Tree Trimming Done?

Even though it is best to hire a professional for the job, it is still important to learn a little bit more about how the process works. Professionals might use a different approach from time to time, depending on the size and type of tree, however.

Generally speaking, it is always best to trim trees during its dormant season, with the only exception being when a hazard exists that needs to be removed immediately. Property owners can technically prune a tree at any time, but to ensure the health of a tree, the dormant season is their best bet.

Branches should only be trimmed if they have weak, V-shaped, narrow angles. Branches that have a strong, U-shaped angle should be retained. Branches that are more than 10 centimeters in diameter should only be trimmed for a really good reason—that is, if it is infected or a hazard. If the branch is less than five diameters, removing it is fine.

Tree specialists will not trim a branch too close or too long. They won’t leave a large stub or remove the branch collar. They will only try to prune away branches when they are young because they are much easier to manage at that point, and the risk of leaving nasty scars is much lower.

When the job is done, the ratio of living crown to tree height should be two-thirds.

When thinning the crown, the arborist will keep lateral branches as evenly spaced as possible, particularly on young trees. They will prune away branches that cross other branches or run against them. They will also avoid removing more than one fourth of a living crown at once.

A tree’s crown may also be raised to provide clearance for pedestrians, for example. The crown is raised by carefully pruning the tree in the right places. If too many branches near the bottom half are removed, the tree might not be able to develop a strong stem in the future. With that in mind, the tree’s crown should only be reduced if it is really necessary. The arborist will be able to tell if the crown needs pruning or not.

How Much Does Tree Trimming Cost?

Hiring a professional to trim just one tree can cost around $80 up to $1,000+, but the rates are all different for each company, as well as the size of the tree. Homeowners can expect to pay around $80 for a small tree, $175 for a medium-sized tree, and $250 to $1,000 for a big tree over 50 feet. The prices may also increase if the tree is diseased, hazardous, or full of pests.

Property owners should keep in mind that prices typically cover a one-time service for just one tree. Of course, hiring professionals to trim several trees around the house will increase the bill.

Joel’s Pro Tree Service offers upfront pricing and no hidden fees. Call Joel’s Pro Tree Service: 1-937-219-1827 for a free estimate.

Equipment Used for Tree Trimming

Pruning shears, or pruners, are perhaps the most-used tool when it comes to pruning shrubs, flowers, vines, and small growth on trees. There are three basic types of pruning shears: anvil, bypass, and ratchets.

A bypass is good for growing stems and acts like scissors. Anvil pruners feature a straight blade that uses a splitting action. They work well for dry branches and stems. Ratchet pruners are similar to anvil pruners, but they feature a mechanism that lets them cut in stages. They are good for those who don’t want to strain their wrists.

Loppers are also important for tree trimming because they are great for branches up to 2 ½ inches thick and are especially useful for pruning fruit trees, nut trees, and vines. They are similar to hand shears, except the blades are thicker and the handle is much longer. Just like pruning shears, loppers also come in anvil, bypass, and ratchet styles.

Other important equipment are pruning saws, hedge shears, and pole pruners. Professionals may also use other equipment depending on the situation.

Types of Trees Native to Ohio

Joel’s Pro Tree Service has plenty of locations all over Ohio. And so the company’s professional arborists are always encountering all sorts of trees that are native to the state.

Among the many trees native to Ohio is Cercis Canadensis, also known as Redbud, which blooms in April. It reaches a height of 30 feet.

The Tulip Tree, or Lirodendron tuliperfera, is the tallest tree of eastern forests with the straightest trunks. It blooms late spring to early summer.

Platanus occidentalis or American Sycamore and Tilia Americana or American Linden are also among the trees native to Ohio. These are the trees that are expected to thrive over the next several decades, and are therefore good choices for homeowners and property managers who want to develop strong trees. With climate change increasing temperatures, tree health and development are affected in different ways based on their species. Joel’s Pro Tree Service is not just about cutting trees and removing stumps—the company is dedicated to nurturing the health of the plants as well as the property.

Other common trees found in Ohio are the following: Bitternut Hickory, Black Oak, Black Walnut, Bur Oak, American, Basswood, American Beech, American Elm, Black Cherry, Black Maple, Eastern Hemlock, Red Maple, Eastern Red Cedar, Sugar Maple, and Scarlet Oak.

Homeowners looking to plant more trees should consider the following: American Sweetgum, Blackjack Oak, Common Persimmon, Post Oak, and Eastern Redbud, because these tree species are adapting well to the shifting temperatures. Northeast Ohio could become a more promising habitat for these trees.

Certified arborists understand the nature of these tree species because cutting down trees is just a part of what they do. Joel’s Pro Tree Service offers a range of tree services that cultivate the health of the entire property, and actually add value to the landscape. The crew can provide tree thinning, tree trimming, stump grinding, tree stump removal, tree cabling, and even tree planting.

The company is no stranger to difficult tasks. Experienced arborists can provide the fast and efficient service homeowners need when it comes to the trees in their property.

Joel’s Pro Tree Service offers services that will improve the health of trees, shrubs, and even the land located in the property. Beyond removing trees and grinding stumps, the company also offers hazardous tree assessment, and comprehensive plant health care, among others.

The company says it is dedicated to making its clients happy while providing high quality and affordable prices.

Joel’s Pro Tree Service will leave the yard in better shape than how they found it. Learn more about the tree removal process. Visit the company’s website at: and get a free estimate within hours, not days!

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It does not matter if you are a commercial or a residential customer. Our expert tree removal services are suitable for a construction project, or simply to beautify your home. Joel’s Pro Tree Services can handle all your tree needs. Our professional and timely crews have years of in the field experience, and the proper equipment to handle any kind of tree services. We can help you remove a diseased branch from falling on your roof. We can also help with tree stump removal as well as trimming and shaping trees for aesthetic beauty as well as safety.

Joel’s Pro Tree Service is a full-service tree care contractor with the equipment to manage any challenging arbor related issue you have. We value our customers, and it’s our pledge to leave the property looking better than when we arrived. That means doing the job the right way, the first time, and cleaning up after the job is done. 

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