What exactly is tree care anyway?
Tree Care is a holistic approach to evaluating a tree’s health and needs. Tree Care involves many aspects of regular proper care and maintenance of a tree. The most important aspect of tree care is the ability for an arborist to observe, analyze, and assess a trees overall health. Once an assessment has been made of a tree, a proper action plan can be recommended and performed. This action can range from no maintenance at all, to pruning or even removal of a tree.
Tree Care Procedures
- Crown Cleaning – Involves cleaning out the deadwood from the crown of a tree.
- Crown Reduction – Process of reducing the overall size of a canopy by performing various cuts dependent upon the previous cuts made. This is not to be confused with topping, as topping is not a recommended form of tree care
- Elevating – Is when the lower most limbs of a tree are removed to allow for passage underway, to raise it up off a structure or other purposes.
- Thinning – Cutting out interior limbs so that sunlight and wind can better pass through a tree. This is also a part of wind-sailing which allows for better wind and airflow throughout the tree to lesson the stress on a trees roots during a heavy wind storm.
- Shaping – Mostly done on smaller trees and shrubs. This is for beautification and many times involves shaping using sheers to form a circular pattern, on a tree or shrub canopy.
- Clearing limbs from a structure. Also known as zone clearance. If a trees limbs are interfering with the roof of a house, or are growing into the street or a street sign, many times these limbs need to be cut back to create a clearance around a structure by a certain footage. Keep in mind that if cutting live limbs from a tree, no more than 30% of a trees live crown ratio should be cut.
Tree Care Maintenance Plans
Many of our clients have an abundance of trees on their land that need assessment and advice on tree care maintenance plans. Kenny Tree Inc has multiple certified Arborists on staff that can provide natural, detailed, and useful tree maintenance plans. For many tree species, depending on a trees age and size, it is good common maintenance to prune at least once every couple years.
Many tree and landscape contractors will recommend spraying trees for insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides. Kenny Tree Inc. does not spray any of the trees, however we may make recommendations for IPM (Integrated Pest Management practices). Kenny Tree Inc. believes in 100% organic tree care. There are occasions when a tree might need to be sprayed or have a systemic injection. Usually spraying or injection is appropriate only when a common issue is observed such as severe disease. Horticulture oils and soaps are a good alternative and usually provide great help to a tree in need. Keep in mind, that a good tree philosophy is that a tree can normally and usually does take care of itself and it’s wise to let nature run its course!