Tree Trimming Services
Tree Trimming Service in Santa Maria and the Central Coast
We offer professional and affordable tree trimming services in Santa Maria. A professional may diagnose certain tree health-related issues that pruning can help address. Generally, trees are trimmed to make the trees safer to live around, or to correct a defect.
In order to thrive, your trees need occasional pruning or trimming. A well-maintained tree is safer to live near and healthy trees are a part of keeping a healthy yard, both for your plants and for your household.
Careful trimming can reduce the likelihood and severity of storm and wind damage, a common problem in our climate, especially during the spring and summer. Clearing out dead branches also helps to slow and halt the spread of decay, reducing the risk of more severe rot or infections.
When To Trim Your Trees
If you are concerned about a potential problem area in your trees, or if you are just ready for a healthier and sunnier yard, then it is time to assess your trees for possible trimming. Tree trimming, synonymous with tree pruning, involves intentional and selective cutting of branches to achieve specific results.
Some objectives include pruning to eliminate structural defects, to eliminate decay, for more sunshine on the yard, to make it easier to walk under the tree, for a better view, to make the tree more resistant to weather events, for more fruit, etc.
Pruning a tree’s dead branches can help prevent branches from falling on your home, but it also reduces the risk of decay from the dead branch migrating into the live wood. The above issues help answer the question, ‘Why prune?’ But there two additional important complementary questions, ‘How and When?’
How to Prune
Professional tree trimming companies all comply with the national tree pruning specification, the American National Standards Institute ANSI A300 for Pruning. If your Arborist complies with the ANSI A300, you can be assured that you and he will comply with all local tree ordinances.
Pruning which is not done properly can damage your tree, even to the point of death. Generally smaller cuts made more frequently are better than larger cuts made infrequently. The standard covers where on the branch to make the cut, how much of the tree to cut, and prohibits the use of climbing spikes by the tree trimmer.
When to Prune
Some trees have unique criteria to be considered when pruning. For instance, it’s best to prune pines during the winter, when pine beetles and the trees are dormant. So it’s important to identify the species of tree prior to pruning. But we can offer some general seasonal tips about tree trimming.
- Spring: Trim flowering trees soon after blossoms fall
- Summer: Minimize pruning, but dead wood prune OK
- Fall: Deadwood, smaller live cuts OK
- Winter: Best time to trim most trees, especially if you need to make larger cuts
We had our trees trimmed after years of doing it ourselves. Should have called these guys along time ago!