Tree trimming and pruning are foundational to proper tree care. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNW-ISA) defines pruning as “the deliberate removal of tree branches and limbs to achieve a specific objective in the alteration of a tree’s health and form. Pruning is the most significant practice due to costs and impact on the tree, but can extend the useful life of a tree in your yard for decades.”
Most people know that trees need pruning in order to remove dead, diseased, or dangerous limbs, but pruning also helps to improve tree structure and enhance the tree’s appearance. The best season to prune is either late in the dormant season or early in the spring. Ideally, the property owner wants to maximize growth and encourage quick wound closing. However, dead or dying branches can be pruned at any time. Remember, some tree species are exceptions to the rules, so if there is any question, seek out advice from an experienced local tree care company.
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture offers the following safety tips for a tree pruning project:
- Keep pruning equipment sharp, clean, and in good operating condition.
- Make clean cuts.
- Be careful with all tools.
- When pruning trees that show evidence of disease, disinfect pruning equipment between trees. For an extreme infestation, disinfect equipment between cuts.
- Always wear personal protective safety equipment, including safety glasses, while pruning.
For their own safety and the safety of others, property owners should only undertake basic tree care projects. Hire a professional tree service company if the tree cannot be pruned at the ground level or if the limbs that need to be pruned are large. If the tree is a safety hazard or if it is near utility lines, call in an expert crew that is qualified to remove the tree safely.
For tree care jobs that require professional experience, Timber Tree Service, LLC can provide prompt, reliable tree service at competitive prices. The team prioritizes attention to detail and is dedicated to completing the job according to the client’s exact specifications. Serving Ferndale, WA and the surrounding areas, the company offers a complete range of tree care services for both residential and commercial customers. Services include:
- Tree Trimming
- Tree Pruning
- Tree Removal
- Stump Removal
- Lot and Land Clearing
- Emergency Storm Service
Family owned and operated for twelve years, Timber Tree Service, LLC provides professional tree removal, trimming, pruning, stump removal, emergency tree services, and lot and land clearing. The company’s service area includes the Bellingham area and all of Whatcom County. Friendly and courteous staff work with every customer to understand goals, create a custom plan, and provide exceptional service.