Tree Care: An Introductory Guide
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Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.

Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Best Practices For Trimming Trees In Urban Areas

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Trees can add a lot of beauty to cities and urban areas. However, urban trees do require care — specifically trimming — in order to remain healthy. Here are some best practices to keep in mind as you trim a tree in an urban area.

Clear and close the area before trimming the tree.

You might think you're only removing a few small branches, but once you get into the trimming process, you might realize you need to do more. For this reason, it is a good idea to clear and close the area around the tree prior to trimming, even if you think you'll only be trimming a little bit of growth. You don't want a branch to fall on anyone! Depending on the tree's location, this may involve putting some caution tape across sidewalks or closing a street. It's often a good idea, then, to trim a tree in the middle of the day when there is less traffic and fewer people walking around. 

Remove branches that emerge from the trunk at a V-shaped angle.

With urban trees especially, you want to make sure not to leave behind any branches that might fall on a building, car, or person during a storm. Pay close attention to the angles at which branches meet the trunk. Those that meet the trunk in a U-shaped manner are generally quite structurally sound. Those that meet the trunk at a sharp, V-shaped angle are weaker. While you might leave V-angled branches on trees and hope for the best in a more rural area, they should certainly be removed from urban trees for safety reasons.

Trim the tree more often so you don't have to remove as much.

In urban areas, it is tempting to put off tree trimming since you need to close the area down to do it. However, if you put off trimming for too long, you'll have to remove too many branches all at once. This can harm the tree's health. Urban trees are already under a lot of stress due to air pollution and a lack of light, so you don't want to add more trauma by removing too many branches all at once. Have the tree trimmed once a year, preferably in late winter, as this is when it's easiest for the tree to heal.

If you follow these best practices for tree trimming in urban areas, your tree will stay healthier and people will be safer. Reach out to a tree care company to learn more about tree trimming services.