There are many aspects to trimming your trees and when to trim them:
1.Safety is important for your home, office, to you, your loved ones, neighbors, or (anybody) in close proximity to your trees. Your largest investments, which are your house and car can be harmed by dead, dying, or cracked limbs, trees damaged in a storm, weakly attached limbs, rubbing limbs, diseased limbs, and limbs with defects.
2. Nuisance limbs growing into your house, damaging shingles or other structures, limbs growing into your cable and power lines, or hanging too low over your walkways and driveways, etc.
3. Tree limbs that are crowding your prize Dogwood and Japanese Maple. Limbs that are obstructing vision from windows, signs, and security lights around your home. Your landscape, grass, plants, and trees have to thrive together. Lower canopy trees and shrubs need different amounts of sun or shade. The balance needs to be just right, with the end result being the best looking yard on the street.
4. When and how much trimming can be done is crucial to provide optimum health to the tree. All the foliage(leaves) have the important job of producing sugars that are used for the trees growth and survival, so every cut(action) has a positive or negative impact on the tree. At AAA Tree Experts, our Arborists go to pruning classes twice a year to stay abreast of ongoing studies that show the effects of pruning on the tree’s growth. Knowledge of correct pruning and tree biology are very important so call AAA Tree Experts and have our well trained Arborists advise you on the right time and correct method to trim your tree.
For those of you who want to prune your own trees, please visit Dr. Ed Gilman’s site for even more valuable information and proper pruning cuts.
“Your tree is in good hands with AAA Tree Experts.”
Tree Preservation/Construction Management
Construction sites can have many valuable trees that could be protected and preserved if correct measures are taken prior to any activity. Damage to roots, tree trunks and limbs caused by construction can harm trees and result in stress that can lead to disease, die back of crown, structural failure and ultimate death of the tree.
There are numerous techniques simple and inexpensive that provide protection to trees on a construction site. So please call one of AAA Tree Experts highly trained Arborists in the planning stages of your project.
For more information on construction damage visit these links: www.treesaregood.com/treecare/avoiding_construction.aspx
Treatment of construction damage:
Fertilization for trees at your home or office can add essential elements back to the root zone of your tree, if the natural environment has been removed from the landscape under the tree canopy.
Placement - where to apply fertilizer? On the surface of the root zone area, where run off is not a problem, we can deep root fertilize with liquid fertilizer for areas that are covered by sod. Sod is a healthy tree’s biggest competitor for moisture and nutrients, and soil injection helps to ensure roots will be able to absorb the nutrients. A process called vertical mulching, which is done by drilling holes in the root zone, can help with compacted soils, and holes will be filled with slow release fertilizers and peat moss.
Timing - when to apply? Optimum time to fertilize is early spring, and on construction projects, before the root zone is cleared away.
Type of Fertilizer - different soils call for different nutrients, and soil testing is a good way to discover what nutrients the tree needs
Amount of Fertilizer - To apply the right amount of fertilizer is very critical, careful calculations should be taken, to prevent too much fertilizer which promotes excessive growth which can increase maintenance cost, and environmental concerns, like leaching into water supplies or polluting lakes, and rivers. Not to mention, the City of Tallahassee requires any company that applies fertilizer to the ground or in the ground be certified. Call AAA Tree Experts for a highly trained Arborist to advise you on the correct fertilizer and right application method for your trees.
Tree injections are a method to apply nutrients directly into the sap system of your trees. Usually reserved for high value trees and trees with limited open root zones. Example:
(parking lot trees with root systems covered by asphalt or concrete). Injections can give a beneficial boost to trees when other methods have failed. Call AAA Tree Experts to find out if your trees could benefit from this procedure.
For those of you who want to fertilize your own trees and shrubs please refer to this site for more valuable information on fertilizing
Vertical mulching is the process of making many holes in the soil of the root zone of a particular tree with the purpose of creating many entryways for air, moisture, and nutrients to reach the roots of a given tree. This process improves soil that is compacted and overall health. All the holes will be filled with fertilizer and peat moss. AAA Tree Experts would like to be aware of under ground water lines and electrical lines.
Cables are installed in trees to provide support for weak or potentially dangerous limbs by connecting two or more limbs together, weak crotches/v- crotches, multi-stem trees with weak crotches. This technique uses hardware to make the tree more structurally stable. However the condition of the tree should first be assessed. If the root system is not structurally sound or the tree contains excessive decay the tree may need to be removed. Mechanical devices cannot always be relied upon to make hazardous trees safe. Other factors come into question like trimming, and is the wood solid and large enough to install the hardware. Please call AAA Tree Experts for a complete assessment to see if the cabling process is the best thing for your tree.
Lightning can destroy trees and can cause death to people taking refuge under trees during storms. Historic trees/trees of great value/trees close to structures/and trees on golf courses or in parks where people may take refuge are good candidates to having lightning protection systems put in.
Demossing is sometimes requested by customers. Spanish moss, other than being a little unsightly and adding extra weight to the tree limbs, does not generally harm the tree. In some extreme cases it can interfere with photosynthesis, and cause a slow decline in the health of the tree. Please call AAA Tree Experts if you would like to consult with one of our highly trained Arborists.
Consultation by our Certified Arborists
AAA Tree Experts provides various consulting services, such as:
Hazard tree assessments
Post construction services and evaluation
Insect/disease identification & management
Residential/commercial property tree monitoring programs
Residential/commercial detailed tree inspections to advise you when a tree needs to be removed due to cavities or decay along the trunk or large major limbs, root decay, construction activity in close proximity.
Advise you if trimming is needed to correct growth on young trees or if you have a heritage oak tree that needs weight reduction trimming, cables, lightning protection, removal of dead and hazardous limbs etc. As trees enhance our community and your property, we will use all of our tree care knowledge and modern techniques to save your trees.
“Your trees are in good hands with AAA Tree Experts”