Jun 19, 2018

Tree Care Myths

Homeowners plant trees to add beauty to the environment, to provide shade for relaxation, and to support the sustainability of their mental health. Some trees are also planted to harvest fruit, for medicinal purposes, or to provide timber and other products. Unfortunately, many people have little or no knowledge about tree care, and it can be hard to differentiate between correct information about trees and the many common myths and misconceptionsthey encounter.

Before taking any drastic action in your yard or accepting things you hear about your trees, it is a good idea to consult ISA certified Arborist from 404-CUT-TREE or another reputable tree care service in your area.

At 404-CUT-TREE, we only work with certified Arborists, and we are committed to using ANSI standards for all tree care jobs.

Read on for the facts behind the fiction: Here are a few of the most commonly believed myths about trees.

Myth: Topping adds more value to the tree. Topping refers to the removal of the branches of a tree to prevent it from blocking sunlight or touching service lines.

Fact: Topping is an inadvisable pruning practice and should not be encouraged. Topping exposes the tree to diseases, pests, and decay, as well as generally weakening the tree. Many topped trees eventually become hazardous and need to be removed.

Instead of topping, a safe alternative called reduction pruning should be used to manage overgrown trees. For more information about reduction pruning,  404-CUT-TREE to consult with our certified arborists.

Myth: Healthy trees cannot fall. 

Fact: Trees can fall for a variety of reasons. For example, some otherwise healthy trees have unstructured root systems that can’t provide the stability they need to withstand weather. These are better described as shallow-rooted trees. They might look healthy, but they are at risk of toppling under pressure. (This is one of the reasons that trees should not be planted close to a building or electrical service lines.)

Myth: Any insects found on trees should immediately be treated chemically.

Fact: Not every insect infestation on trees negatively affects its health or your yard. There are  benign insects that don’t harm the trees, and even beneficial ones that can be used to fight or remove other harmful insects.

Myth: Wound dressing is good for injured trees. The healing process of a damaged tree can be fast-tracked by painting or stuffing, which helps to restore injured tissues.

Fact: There is no speedy wound-healing process in trees because they have rigid cell walls. An injured tree creates walls around damaged or broken bark, a process called “compartmentalization.” This natural process is activated to protect the tree from microbes and other harmful insects.

Myth: Any individual can manage trees just as well as an expert with professional standards of care.

Fact: For best results and healthiest trees, trees should be cared for and managed only by certified arborists. ISA certified arborists, including ours here at 404-CUT-TREE, have been trained to provide expert care for your trees, ensuring they remain healthy and preventing them from becoming hazardous to your property, your family, or the environment.

Trees should be treasured. They beautify your home or property and give it that cozy, natural feel. The tree care industry can appear complicated and even confusing for property owners. However, a little search will direct you to the right arborist for your yard.

Call and consult one of our certified and experienced arborists at 404-CUT-TREE for more information about effective and efficient tree care practices.