The way a tree should be pruned depends on a wide variety of unique factors. While there are certain rules to follow regarding types, timing, and frequency, pruning needs to be adjusted to a tree’s individual situation and the goals of a homeowner. That’s why Mountain West Arbor Care would like to provide you with the following answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning Salt Lake City tree pruning.
Salt Lake City Tree Pruning Questions
How Often Should A Tree Be Pruned?
Most mature trees in the Salt Lake City area need regular pruning to maintain their health and structural integrity. Depending on the species of a tree, pruning is recommended every 2-4 years, depending on its unique circumstances. At Mountain West Arbor Care, our certified arborist can estimate the last time your trees were pruned and recommend the appropriate services needed.
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Prune Trees?
The best time of year to prune deciduous trees is during the winter season. Why? The lack of leaves and foliage makes it easier for a certified arborist to see its branch structure. Winter is also the best time of year to prune because insects and disease levels are low. However, dead, broken, or diseased trees should be pruned as soon as possible. Furthermore, maples, birch, and walnut trees should be pruned mid-summer to avoid sap bleed during the winter.
Should A Tree Be Topped?
No, absolutely not. Topping can result in the death of a tree or make it structurally unsound. This can result in injuries and property damage below if a tree suddenly falls over or drops an unexpected branch.
Can You Fix A Topped Tree?
No, the certified arborist at Mountain West Arbor Care cannot fix what has already been done. If a tree has been topped, it will never be as beautiful or safe as it was before. However, we may be able to reverse some of the damage and do our best to make it healthy. Otherwise, we may recommend a tree removal service to maintain the safety of your home and loved ones.
Can I Do Anything About A Neighbor’s Tree?
Unfortunately, no. At Mountain West Arbor Care, we recommend talking with your neighbor to remedy the situation. This may involve compromising and paying for half of the work needed to be done. What you should never do is go ahead and prune or remove a tree without permission if a tree isn’t on your property.
If a neighbor’s tree is threatening your property, you can bring the matter to the attention of your city by submitting an arborist report on the tree. This can help force a neighbors hand to have them prune or remove it. You can also submit the report to your HOA. However, the best course of action is to try and work the situation out with your neighbor to come to an agreement that works for both of you.
Mountain West Arbor Care
At Mountain West Arbor Care, we work hard to preserve your trees natural beauty and safety. Pruning is a vital part of this process. If you have any questions about pruning your trees, contact us today by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733. We would be more than happy to walk your property and provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any of our Salt Lake City tree pruning services.