6 Signs That Your Tree Needs A Trim

A healthy, mature tree can be a boon to your property. But even a healthy tree may be hiding defects or health issues amongst the many branches and leaves of its canopy. With careful and timely trimming, you can keep your tree beautiful, healthy, and safe.

If you see any of the following signs, consider hiring a professional to trim your tree.

1. Crossed or rubbing branches

When one branch rests on top of another branch, this phenomenon is called "crossed branches". Crossed branches are unhealthy for a tree because they rub against each other on windy days. Rubbing strips the bark off the branches and leaves them vulnerable to diseases and pests.

A professional tree trimmer can remove one of the crossed branches for you.

2. Drooping branches

Drooping branches can be dangerous to people passing under a tree. Drooping branches can also harm your tree if they break or snap and leave a gaping wound. A good tree trimmer can relieve the stress on a drooping branch by trimming away some of its lateral shoots.

3. Dead branches

Large dead branches can fall without warning and damage property or injure people. Smaller dead branches harm your tree's appearance and leave the canopy looking dense. Pests and diseases can also infiltrate dead branches and spread to the rest of a tree. If you spot dead branches in your tree's canopy, remove them to keep your tree safe and beautiful.

4. Broken branches

Like dead branches, broken branches are doorways for pests and disease, especially if the wounds are ragged. You can trim broken branches back to create a clean cut so that your tree can heal quickly.

5. Diseased branches

Fungal growths on a tree's branches indicate disease. Diseases usually enter trees via wounds. If allowed to progress, diseases can spread throughout a tree and gradually cause its decline. If you see any fungal growths on one of your tree's branches, remove that branch before the disease spreads any further.

6. Unsafe growing patterns

Does your tree seem to be growing in an unsafe way? Examples of unsafe branches include:

  • Branches growing near powerlines
  • Branches growing near your home
  • Branches growing too low to the ground
  • Two branches growing from a v-shaped union

All of the items on that list are examples of unsafe branches. If you notice any unsafe branches or growing patterns, a tree trimmer can help you to remove the unsafe branch without harming your tree or your property. For more information, contact a company like A + A Tree & Landscaping LLC.