Category: Tree Pruning & Trimming

Pruning Trees in the Winter: Why February and March are the Best Times for Trimming

Pruning your trees is an important part of caring for them. Pruning (or trimming) encourages a tree’s growth, increases its health, and improves the appearance of not only the tree, but your entire landscaped property. Not to mention, it can boost the plant’s production of fruit and flowers. Find out why pruning trees in the winter is recommended by expert tree trimming services like Reaching Higher.

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Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning — What’s the Difference?

When it comes to tree maintenance, there are two main tasks: trimming and pruning. Tree trimming is the process of removing excess branches from a tree, primarily to improve its esthetic appearance. Tree pruning, on the other hand, is the beneficial removal of dead branches or unwanted growth to improve the tree’s overall health. So when should you do each? Let’s look at the differences between tree trimming and tree pruning!

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When is the Best Time to Trim your Trees?

When is the best time to trim your trees? The answer is not always a simple one. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding when and how to trim your trees. Different types of trees need to be trimmed at different times, depending on their growth habits and needs. And there are other mitigating factors, like the presence of insects, the trees’ vulnerability to disease, and the shape and condition of the surrounding landscaping.

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How To Cut Tree Limbs That Are Too High to Reach

You see a tree on your property that seems to be damaged at its crown or maybe it’s starting to grow into wires. Yet its branches are much too high to reach.

How do you cut tree limbs that are too high to reach? The most important thing is to be safe. Of course, we recommend you contact a professional tree service. We have the training and the proper equipment to cut tree limbs safely and efficiently.

And there’ll be no mess for you to clean up afterward!

But if you insist on cutting tree limbs that are at a high elevation, here are a few tips: Continue reading

How Often Should You Trim Trees?

Pruning and trimming the trees on your commercial or residential property will help maintain their health and help prevent the risk of unhealthy limbs falling unexpectedly.

How often should you trim trees? Young trees should be inspected and trimmed every 1-5 years. Mature trees may benefit from a yearly inspection with perhaps a five- to 10-year cycle of trimming and pruning. Fruit trees may need to be trimmed annually.

Hire a qualified arborist to trim trees. Professional arborists know the proper types of cuts needed and are trained to know which tree parts to remove, the best location for each cut, and will have the proper equipment to do so safely. Reaching Higher is a member of The Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).  We are based in Gap, Pa., and service Chester and Lancaster counties.

Read further to learn the variables involved in when to trim trees and how frequently trimming and pruning services may be needed. Continue reading