Trees are an important asset and with proper care can add value to your commercial property.
Last week in the first part, of this 2 Part series we covered a lot of information; if you did not have a chance to read that post you can read it here: Reducing Overhead in Your Landscape – Part 1. If you have already read it, let’s have a quick recap. In Part 1 we discussed the importance of properly caring for your trees in the early stages of development with a “Tree Care Maintenance Plan”, to reduce future risks that can be very costly.
Some of the common risks and hazards that can occur without proper tree care maintenance are:
- Tree loss and replacement costs
- Tree pests and/or tree disease correction/treatment costs
- Broken limbs or branches that may result in injury and/or structural damage
- Poor tree root health, the #1 leading cause of tree disorders
Having a “Tree Care Maintenance Plan” in place will not only help you, as a business owner, to avoid costly risks; but it will help to ensure the long term health of your tree. Healthy trees not only add value to your property but, help with the overall aesthetics of your property, creating a more beautiful and inviting landscape.
In addition, we spent a great deal of time discussing the importance of tree root health, and how it all starts with the proper planting of new trees. One of the most common issues associated with improper planting is girdling, or encircling, root.
To the left, is a picture of a young tree that has developed girdling root inside of it’s container. If the roots are NOT corrected prior to planting the roots will continue to grow in a circular motion; and as the roots grow they will start to “choke-out” each other. This will prevent the tree from gaining appropriate nutrients and the tree will begin to decline and eventually die.
On a more mature tree girdling root can be very costly to correct, if correctable at all.
Which takes us into today’s hot topic…
The importance of proper pruning for the structural integrity of your trees.
Pruning is a technique used not only for aesthetics but, also to ensure the structural integrity of the tree. When properly pruned for structural integrity, the tree will grow upright much more quickly versus just “limbing up”; which will causes the foliage to grow more shrub like. In addition, the tree will be much stronger and able to resist breakage resulting from wind/storms.
Structural pruning should be performed occasionally over a period of several year, usually 5-10 years. Usually just 3-5 pruning sessions, over a 10 year period, is sufficient to create a finished tree structure; and because the amount of work is generally minimal, the cost of having your tree pruned for structural integrity is very low. This is especially true when you consider the risk you are taking when you choose NOT to have your tree properly pruned; such as property damage or injury resulting from limb breakage.
The benefits of proper structural pruning include:
- Reduce the risk of tree branch failure
- Reduce the risk of tree pests and diseases
- Improved clearance over driveways, walkways, etc.
- Enhanced visibility of signage, buildings, etc.
Well-structured trees not only have stronger branching but, also a much wider shade canopy and a decreased risk of tree pests and diseases. Additionally, they display your landscape as one of the premier properties around.
Establishing a “Tree Care Maintenance Plan” with a Certified Arborist, such as the ones here at Tree Medics, will help to ensure the longevity of your trees and that recurring, problematic, and expensive tree care corrective costs are minimize, or avoided altogether.
Take into consideration the long-term picture of your commercial property landscape, or landscapes.
Trees, no different than any other living thing, are at risk for developing many life-threatening issues, that can easily go undetected, resulting in added tree care service expenses. For example, a tree that declines may result in an unsightly landscape and tree removal, as well as, tree replacement costs.
Get your trees inspected by a Certified Arborist, in your area, so that you can avoid unexpected tree care expenses. If you are in the Tampa area, you can call our team of Certified Arborists at (813) 407-9974 , Tree Service consultations are FREE.
Have your trees pruned for structural integrity and you will have happy healthy mature trees, that require very little maintenance!
Well that is all for Part 2, of this two part series on Reducing Overhead in Your Landscape. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you liked this article; in the future I will share more on proper pruning..so stay tuned. Also, feel free to leave any questions you might have for me, so long as it’s tree related, in the comment section below and I will answer them just as soon as I can.