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Tree Trimming vs Tree Removal

The terms tree trimming and tree removal are actually similar terms used in horticulture. Trimming is a tree care service that involves selective removal of diseased, damaged or structurally unsound or undesirable branches, leaves, roots or buds. Trimming may be required either on young trees or on mature trees. A developing tree gets a strong structure and desirable form if properly trimmed at the right time. Tree removal involves the total removal of a tree for certain reasons:

Reasons for Trimming

  • improve or maintain the health of trees
  • remove deadwood or dried branches
  • control and direct the shape and growth of tree for an aesthetic appearance
  • reduce risk from overgrown or dead branches
  • increase and harvest the yield as well as the quality of flowers and fruits
  • enhance penetration of light and air to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape
  • correct or prevent any undesirable growth of trees
  • improve the economic value of landscape
  • make space for power lines and buildings
  • remove low-hanging branches that create nuisance

Facts about Trimming

According to the experts of Irwin’s Tree Service:

  • A tree responds most positively to pruning during its dormant season
  • The size or girth of the branch is the determining factor for pruning or not pruning. If it is below 2 inches, it makes no difference when pruned. If it is more than 4 inches, it should not be pruned without any specific reason
  • V-shaped and narrow-angled branches are weak and should be pruned and not the ones having strong U-shaped angles
  • If at the point of attachment of the stem, the branch is between one half and three quarters the diameter of the stem, it should be pruned

Removal of Trees

Because of the city and county restrictions, you have to obtain permits prior to the decision to remove trees. Permits are granted for tree removal under the following circumstances if:

  • there is likelihood of the tree causing extensive damages adjoining properties
  • the tree is a cause of significant structural damage to adjoining dwelling areas or existing useful structures
  • the tree exhibits sure sign of instability that may cause its falling at any time and may cause hazardous situation in which case you need to obtain certificate from a certified arborist
  • the present health of the tree clearly indicates that it is sure to die and the declining health cannot be mitigated
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