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Spotlight: Joe McIlvaine’s Tree and Lawn Service

Proper tree trimming versus topping

With Springtime in full swing, trees and landscaping become a homeowner’s top priority. There are the basics – trimming your hedges, weeding, mulching the landscape beds, and fixing the snowplow damage.

Then there are the more daunting tasks of assessing the old growth trees around your property. With the buds on the trees, you notice the dead branches that are surrounded by the dense canopy that has bloomed and you are immediately faced with a decision. Should the tree be taken down or should it be trimmed and preserved?

Once you decide to preserve the tree, it is imperative to make sure proper trimming takes place. Proper pruning will make sure a tree is healthy and grow properly over the long term. As a homeowner, when you call to get a tree trimmed, some of the terms you may be looking for are height reduction, lateral reduction and thinning. Tree topping, on the other hand, is not a proper technique. When you top a tree, especially in the spring and summer, you are cutting the food source for the tree and exposing it to disease and insects.

The tree, in attempt to survive, will have sucker growth and weak branches. These branches could eventually break in a storm. Proper trimming will bring branches back to a collar where the tree can naturally heal over and protect itself from outside pests.

For proper pruning and tree inspection, be sure to call a certified arborist. Joe McIlvaine’s Tree and Lawn Service has an arborist on staff and they can provide you with a free consult and estimate. Call 215-322-8394 today!

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