How often should my trees be trimmed? Answer: If proper tree pruning is done, the tree will not need additional pruning for at least 3 years. Tree service companies that come around annually to trim your trees aften create a situation of over-pruning where the canopy gets thin and "leggy" looking. Larger trees may only need work every ten years or so. This rule obviously does not include abnormal damage caused by weather or man. Ask a certified arborist to check your trees to ensure proper pruning.
What should I do about broken limbs in my tree? Answer: Broken limbs should be removed immediately and cut properly by and experienced trees professional. Broken limbs can put weight stress on lower limbs and create additional damage. They can also deform the canopy if left in place. Broken limbs can also be a path for decay to get into the trunk of the trees which also allows in carpenter ants and other pests. Additionally, broken limbs may fall unexpectedly resulting in additional damage to the tree, personal property, or humans.
When is the best time to have my trees trimmed? Answer: Trees can be safely and effectively trimmed any time of the year. There are, however, certain types of pruning that are easier to do at certain times of the year. For instance, mistletoe removal ismorre easily done in winter when it stands out in an bare tree. Canopy thinning is ofen done in winter since the branch structure is more clear on a deciduous tree. Canopy lifting is good to when leaves are present since their weight will cause limbs to hang lower than in winter when they are bare. It is also true that pruning of Live Oaks and Red Oaks should be avoided in Spring and Fall in areas where Oak Wilt disease is a risk.
Will trimming my tree help my grass grow? Answer: Yes. Leaves in the tree canopy create shade and grass that does not get sunlight is less vigorous. By removing limbs containing leaves, extra sunlight is free to reach your grass. This will result in healthier grass. There are some grasses that are not very tolerant of any shade, mainly Bermuda grass. Despite agressive pruning it may be necessary to utilize a shade tolerant grass such as St. Augustine or Zoysia.
What types of trees grow well herein the Dallas area? Answer: The best trees to grow are those found in the area naturally. Shade trees commonly available are Oaks (Red, Bur, Chinquapin), Elms (Cedar, American), Pecans, Eastern Red Cedar, Ash (White,Texas), Sycamore, Persimmon, and Soapberry. Other shade trees that adapt well to our climate and soil include Live Oaks, Chinese Pistache, Crape Myrtle, Redbud and Red Maples.
What types of trees grow fast? Answer: There are a variety of fast growing trees but, what they possess in speed, they give up in longevity. Faster growing trees have an equally short lifespan, relatively speaking. A prime example is the Bradford Pear. While this tree is one of the fastest growing around, it also can be expected to last 15-20 years, which is a short life in tree terms. Quality trees (oaks, elms, etc.) in a good environment can grow one to three feet in a year. In a few years this can seem quite significant.