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Winter Tree Pruning in Arizona

WINTER TREE PRUNING IN ARIZONA

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SHOULD TREE PRUNING BE DONE IN WINTER?

There are various benefits to the landscape and trees that come from tree pruning. Other than enhancing appearance of the trees, when trimmed they are healthier and safer. Pruning helps plant health as it removes the branches that are dead or dying which were previously harmed by insects, disease, animals, mites, people or storms.

WINTER IS GREAT FOR PRUNING TREES

While you can prune trees during any time of year, the recommended tie varies depending on the species of tree. Generally, late winter is the best time for pruning the majority of plants.

ENHANCED ACCESS

The ground being froze allows better access with equipment which would usually be challenging or impossible to reach the areas.

INCREASED VISIBILITY

During winter, there is less foliage, if any to hinder the view. It is easier to spot structural issues, which results in easier pruning choices. It also leads to less damage to the plants underneath, such as annuals or perennials.

BETWEEN THE GROWING SEASONS

Because plants go dormant in the winter, fresh wounds are only exposed for short time periods. Once spring comes around, the new growth will start to seal the recent wounds.

CONVENIENCE

On a more practical side, it is easier for property managers or homeowners to be more inundated with outdoor projects during spring or summer. For that reason, it makes sense to save tree trimming or winter months. If you’re considering a winter tree pruning service, simply contact Phoenix Trim A Tree for scheduling your appointment.

WHY’S IT IMPORTANT TO PRUNE?

You can ensure that trees are maintained with long-term pruning management to provide the function and aesthetic values intended. By using correct, conscientious pruning methods, the function and beauty of the trees can be improved, and potential loss of limbs and other failures are reduced with winter storms.

REASONS FOR PRUNING DURING WINTER?

After leaves drop during fall, it’s easier for the arborist to view the three structure. After summer annuals are removed, it lowers the risk of disruption to the landscape when working on larger trees. Also, in areas where the soil freezes, it allows equipment to get closer, improving the safety and reducing costs. In addition, pruning during the winter helps avoid making certain serious diseases grown and spread that are only active during the growing seasons (spring and summer).

MULCHING IN WINTER, SHOULD I DO IT?

Yes, mulching can be a significant improvement for trees. The mulch allows the soil to retain moisture, reducing temperatures of summer soil, increasing temperature of winter soil, and restores moisture while improving soil nutrient levels and the structure.

WHAT OTHER WINTER TREE CARE ACTIVITIES ARE THERE?

Winter months is an ideal time for consulting professional arborists for inspecting trees. The foliage loss during winter gives the needed visual for finding problem areas, such as insect damage or weak branches. Although, your arborist will be able to assist you in deciding the best approach for your trees. Take the following into consideration:

  • If trees have braces and cables in them, it is best to inspect the hardware ever few years to ensure everything is still intact and serviceable. This also ensures the growth hasn’t led to replacement or adjustments.
  • If needed, winter is suitable for bracing and cabling trees.
  • Inspect shrubs or trees for ice damage during winter months.
  • Winter months are ideal for removing trees that are at critical risk.

WINTER TREE PRUNING BY PHOENIX TRIM-A-TREE

The trees in your yard or on your commercial property need to be taken care of to grow correctly. The overall shape and health of the tree depends upon timely tree pruning. Give us a call to help keep your trees looking their best and growing into structurally sounds, beautiful additions to your landscapes.

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What’s Wrong With My Tree?

WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY TREE?

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“What is wrong with my tree?” is one of the most highly asked questions by homeowners. Of course there is no one way we can answer this question for each and every individual. But, we can give you a strategy for observing your trees overall health to help you determine if it has a problem, and what you may be able to do to fix it. The life of a tree in poor health can often be if problems are caught soon enough. If you think the health of your tree is in question, we advise following a course of observation that examines the traits and attributes that indicate whether the tree is getting all of the necessities it needs, and whether it is being threatened by other, external forces.

THE TREE’S ENVIRONMENT

Your first step is to review the tree in questions overall health. What species of tree is it? How old is the tree? Is the area where you live compatible with the tree’s needs? What are the elements of the hardscape? Are sidewalks, curbs, decks, pools, or sprinkler systems close enough that they affect the trees health?

Because a little less than three quarters of urban tree deaths could be attributed to root damage, it’s very important to note if any disruption has been done. Even if the disruption was done over five or six years in the past, it may be a significant factor in the health of the tree’s root system. Some trees start dying almost immediately if they suffer root damage. While other trees, can take up to five or more years before showing the effects of root damage. Sometimes people often fail to associate the decline in a tree’s health with changes in its root system. The health of a trees root system cannot be emphasized enough.

VISUAL INDICATIONS TREE HEALTH

Once you find out the tree’s history and any changes in the hardscape noted, the tree can be inspected for clues to evaluate its overall health. Because so many threats start at the root crown, it is recommended look there first. Does the tree enter the ground at the same depth at which it was first planted? Is the root crown flare above ground and in fair condition? This area needs to be able to breathe, and if it is buried, it is vulnerable to intrusion by various insects, fungi, and microorganisms that flourish in moist, dark conditions.

As the inspection moves up the tree, the leaves are another way to evaluate the tree’s health. Leaves that are nice and healthy are bright, fresh, and hydrated. Leaves that curl indicate an insufficient supply of water, while leaves that are yellow indicate a lack of key nutrients. This is another factor that can be caused by root damage, or due to poor pruning.

When you follow this method of observation, you can assess the overall health of your trees, and identify the factors that are interrupting their health. Even if you can’t identify the causes of decline yourself, a certified arborist may be able to assist you in finding the source of the tree’s While no one person can answer “What’s wrong with my tree?” we can help you find answer the question yourself. The more knowledgeable about your trees, the healthier you can help them be.

PHOENIX AREA ARBORISTS

If you have a tree that is suffering it can be a risk to your person, property, and your family. While saving every tree possible is the overall goal of a certified arborist, any tree that is dangerously damaged should be cut down. Don’t wait for wind, weather, or time to bring the tree down on your home, your vehicle, or someone enjoying being outdoors. Give us a call today to get your tree cared for right at 480-962-0701.

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Best Time To Trim Trees In Arizona

BEST TIME TO TRIM TREES IN ARIZONA

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The best time to trim trees in Arizona depends on the type of tree. Most should be trimmed while it’s cold but others must not be trimmed during winter. It’s possible to help your trees look better and live longer with the right trimming and minimize storm damage with trimming. This guide will show you when to trim your palm trees, maple trees, evergreen trees, and fruit trees.

BEST TIME TO TRIM TREES BY SPECIES

A lot of native Arizonans and people moving to the state are asking the question when is the “Best Time To Trim Trees In Arizona”. In central and southern Arizona’s desert climate the time that is best to trim various types of trees is different than other colder regions of the United States. It does not get as cold in southern Arizona as it does even in northern Arizona. The times when you should trim your trees will vary also depending on when cold weather sets in. The later it starts or sooner it ends will affect the best times to trim your trees. Different types of trees need to trimmed at different times of year. Tree trimming is not a “one-size-fits-all” type of project and trees should be trimmed at a time that is best for their species and the region they are grown in.

BEST TIME TO TRIM CITRUS TREES

Citrus trees are frost sensitive and even though it is rare to get that cold in the desert it’s important to wait to trim them until the middle of February to avoid frost damage. Leaving extra on during the colder months helps insulate the tree and protect them. Starting around the 15th of February and until the end of March is a great time to prune citrus trees. Avoid trimming these trees past this point as the foliage will help protect the trunks from being scorched by our intense summer sun.

BEST TIME TO TRIM FRUIT TREES

Fruit trees like peaches, apples, pomegranates, nuts, nectarines, and apricots all can be trimmed starting in December up till about February.

This is a good strategy for these trees as owners will want to control the height of these fruit bearing tree branches. Keeping the branches lower through trimming makes harvesting all of these fruits easier.

BEST TIME TO TRIM MAPLE TREES

Maple tree trimming should not be done during winter. These trees ooze or “bleed” sap. While this isn’t actually harmful to the tree it will leave a mess in your yard, especially if you have vehicles that park near or under the tree.

BEST TIME TO TRIM OAK TREES

Oak tree trimming is best left for when the tree is dormant during the colder months of the year. This means that waiting until December is a great idea. Trimming can be done then and through about mid February when things start warming up again.

BEST TIME TO TRIM PALM TREES

The best time of year to trim palm trees is after mid June. This is the best time to remove seeds which are forming and any dead leaves or fronds. While removing the brown dead fronds keeps palms looking their best profession palm tree trimmers will leave as much green as possible for the appearance and health of the tree. Avoid inexperienced palm tree trimming as it can lead to the death of your palm.

BEST TIME TO TRIM MESQUITE TREES

Mesquite trees and eucalyptus which grow fast and have large branch systems should be trimmed back before the storms of the monsoon season. This means that May and June are prime time for having these trees trimmed back. This helps avoid damage to the trees during storms, or worse a branch falling on your property or home.

BEST TIME TO TRIM DESERT TREES

Deciduous trees such as ash, desert willow, and elm all should be trimmed starting in December and goes through February. This includes Arizona favorite desert trees such as the Palo Verde and other popular options. These trees need to be dormant to cause minimal stress from pruning.

BEST TIME TO TRIM EVERGREENS

The best time to trim your evergreens and shrubs is during the month of March. Alternatively September is another good opportunity to trim your evergreens. This includes both conifers and hardwoods.

PHOENIX TREE TRIMMING SERVICE

Trimming trees, especially larger ones, requires tools and training. Safety equipment is one of the most important tools tree trimming professionals use to prevent injuries while trimming trees. If you have trees in your landscape at your residential or commercial property we can help trim them. We will help trim your trees to look their best, avoid damage to property, and help you take care of your trees any time of year. For more information about our tree trimming services or to schedule an appointment please give us a call.