If you have trees on your property, you've probably had friends or neighbors mention that you should have them pruned. You may look up at the tree and think, "but it looks fine!" Thus, you shrug off this advice and neglect to have your tree pruned. But tree trimming is not just about looks. There are a few reasons why it's important to have your trees trimmed regularly—usually once a year—even if they look okay.
Trimming removes old growth, allowing the tree to thrive.
When you have your tree trimmed by a professional, they generally focus on removing the oldest branches. These branches are often close to death. Though they are using nutrients and water, they are not really generating new growth or contributing a lot of productive leaves. By removing them, you leave more nutrients and water behind for the tree to funnel to its younger, healthier branches. This allows for more growth, greener leaves, and in the case of fruiting trees, better production. A healthier, more vibrant tree will have an easier time resisting disease and insect infestations.
Trimming prevents damage to homes and other structures.
You can't always see cracks in branches unless you look close up, as your tree care expert will when they are trimming your tree. If there are branches with small cracks in them—or even overly large branches that are in danger of cracking—these branches could snap off in a high wind or storm and cause damage to your home or garage. It's a lot cheaper and easier to have your trees trimmed once a year than it is to replace your roof after a large branch crashes onto it!
Trimming helps prevent disease by increasing airflow through branches.
Most of the diseases that affect trees are caused by fungi. Fungi thrive and reproduce in areas that are warm and moist. If you don't have your tree trimmed, the foliage will grow quite dense, and the interior of the tree will stay rather moist and warm after rainfall. This gives fungi a chance to thrive, so you may begin to notice spots or fuzzy growths on the leaves or black cankers on branches. Some fungal infections can be deadly, so it's better to prevent them than to wait for them to appear. By having your tree trimmed, you increase space between branches and allow for greater airflow. So, the branches stay dry, and the fungi don't breed.
Have your tree trimmed by a professional tree service about once a year, and it will stay healthier, cause less property damage, and experience better growth.