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Tree Trimming in Alpharetta, GA

Even a very healthy tree requires tree trimming from time to time. There are a wide variety of problems that can be avoided or minimized by careful pruning; and trimming injured or diseased limbs can save a tree that would otherwise be a lost cause. Whether you are looking to improve the general well-being of your yard, or you are worried about a specific problem in your tree, call us at 404-CUT-TREE for an assessment for Alpharetta tree trimming and Alpharetta tree services.

Why Trim Trees?

Some tree trimming is aimed to reduce or correct structural faults in a tree and encourage more healthy and stable growth. Overly dense crowns, misshapen trees, co-dominant stems, crisscrossing branches, branches in inconvenient or dangerous locations, overly large or heavy branches, limbs that obstruct sightlines or block sunlight, and trees that are starting to lean over buildings and living areas can all be addressed by careful and intentional trimming. Trimming and pruning are essentially the same.

Storm damage and high wind damage can be reduced by Alpharetta tree trimming. Particularly during our local storm season, heavy rain and wind can damage trees and break branches, but trimming branches and reshaping the tree can make it better able to survive the spring and summer without sustaining injuries. A tree that has already been damaged can often be saved by removing injured limbs before they can become infected with rot, fungi, bacteria, or a target of insect predators.

If a tree has been affected, trimming the infected branches can slow or even stop the spread of the decay, preventing the infectious organism from moving on to the rest of the tree as well as nearby trees. Some types of insect infestations and parasites can also be removed or at least ameliorated by carefully timed pruning.

Tree Pruning in Alpharetta, GA

Timing the Trim

All trees live and grow in a seasonal cycle that determines when it is best to administer different kinds of care and treatment. Different types of trees have different needs: for example, pine trees are dormant in the winter, and their primary predators and parasites are also dormant during this time, so winter is the best time to work on tree trimming in Alpharetta and the North Atlanta area.

Winter is the best time for most tree trimming, especially so when a tree requires larger cuts and more serious trimming. Most flowering trees should be trimmed in the spring, fairly quickly after the blossoms have fallen. Summer is generally not a good time for pruning, but it is safe to trim dead wood, and when fall comes around, both trimming dead wood and making small and minor cuts to live wood are fine.

Don’t Do It Yourself

Many activities for the care and improvement of your yard and the plants on your property are activities that you can do yourself. However, tree trimming is not a good do-it-yourself (DIY) project. Tree trimming frequently involves removing and transporting large, unwieldy branches, and even very small amounts of tree trimming often require working at great heights. Trained professional climbers can operate far from the ground using modern safety equipment and techniques to minimize the risk of falls and other injuries.

Unless the branches to be removed are so small that a pair of pruning shears will suffice, tree trimming typically involves the use of powerful equipment like chainsaws, heavy power tools, climbing equipment, rope-and-tackle systems, and sometimes small tractors and cranes. Attempting to use smaller or weaker tools than are necessary to remove branches can cause injuries and accidents and further damage a tree that is already under stress. It is all too easy for an inexperienced DIY enthusiast to briefly lose control of powerful tools, damaging the tree or nearby trees or structures, or injuring himself or other people. These types of heavy equipment call for personal protective equipment, training, experience, and careful attention to safety procedures; even our trained professionals are always equipped with personal protection equipment to minimize the risk of accidents and protect them from serious injuries.

Our professionals also have training to work near power lines, since a frequent cause of the need for Alpharetta tree trimming is growth that encroaches on these power lines; electrocution is one of the unfortunate common causes of injuries and deaths when people try to trim trees around electrical lines.

Rules and Regulations

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI – formerly known as the National Bureau of Standards) issues a set of national tree pruning guidelines called ANSI A300 which lay out industry standards for the best and safest pruning methods. Among these standards are the need to trim frequently and make smaller cuts, rather than large and extensive pruning jobs that are only done infrequently, which can cause serious health problems for your tree; ANSI standards describe where and how much a tree or branch should be cut, and forbid tree trimmers to use climbing spikes, which cause open wounds and can introduce disease or other health issues. 404-CUT-TREE, like other professional tree trimming companies, complies with ANSI A300 as well as any local ordinances relating to Alpharetta tree trimming.