Tree Trimming

Unfortunately, we’ve all seen them around Denver, those unsightly trees that received a crew cut or have been topped by someone who does not understand what they are doing. Tree trimming is as much art as science. At Arbortec, we consider the multiple factors to take care of your tree trimming and pruning needs correctly.

This means we consider the tree’s growth habits, annual cycle, structure and physiology. Leaving a tree that benefits from pruning rather than suffers from it and remains aesthetically pleasing to you is our consistent goal.

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Tree Trimming No-No’s

It isn’t unusual for those of us who live in an urban setting to experience someone knocking on our door, telling us they were in the neighborhood taking care of someone else’s trees and noticed ours needed work too. These folks rarely understand how to trim trees properly, though, and their safety records and insurance may be nonexistent.

Trimming and pruning is also not the type of task a typical DIY-er should take on, not without training and appropriate safety equipment. In addition to liability for personal and property safety, there’s the tree to consider. Its long-term health and survival depends on a job done right.

Arborist secured by ropes balancing horizontally high in a tree with a hand saw

Things to Consider in Tree and Shrub Trimming

Our Denver Certified Arborists take the time to understand your trees and landscape and make educated decisions about how best to serve each tree’s needs. It’s not a one-and-done process. Age, sickness or damage, and species all should be considered.

Type of tree: The species and variety of tree directs the growth habits and lifecycle of the tree.

Disease and pest management: Certain trees are susceptible to specific problems, and a bad haircut makes them more vulnerable.

Surrounding landscape: While taking off a branch because it blocks a view or brushes a house might seem like a good idea, it can create lopsided instability in the overall structure of the tree.

Property protection: Removing low-hanging limbs up to ten feet is a good idea for fire suppression and protection but can create structural issues in the upper story if the extensive root structure is compromised.

Decorative effects: Some shrubs thrive when trimmed into the shape of a hedge or topiary, and others are not well suited.

While trimming and pruning are undertaken to provide benefits to the tree and property, as you can tell, leaving it to those without the training to keep an eye on tree preservation and safety can result in disastrous effects.

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Tree Trimming Done Right

Our professional arborists in Denver, CO prune trees and shrubs with timing, dose, physiology, plant health, and liability in mind. Done at the wrong time of year, pruning can result in extensive overgrowth, the so-called water sprouts that are not a normal branch structure. These cause heavy upper story that can overweight the tree. They are also unsightly.

A tree is cut the wrong way, cutting back too much new growth on one side and old growth on the other for example, creates an imbalance. The tree grows at a faster pace on one side and abnormally slower on the other, trying to make up for the perceived damage.

As the Colorado State Forest Service points out, improper tree care results in increased pest and insect infestations, vulnerability to diseases, and a lack of fire resilience. Add the inability to heal itself that can result from cuts done poorly, and you have a tree liability waiting to happen.

Call Arbortec, your tree service in Denver, for all of your tree trimming and plant pruning needs. We make sure you have a pleasant, appealing and safe landscape when our work is done. Our estimates are complementary, and no job is too big or small.

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