Getting your trees trimmed is one way of maintaining their good health, while improving overall appearance and extending life expectancy. While tree trimming primarily involves removing new growth around the outer portion of the tree’s perimeter for a better aesthetic appeal, you can also do some basic pruning or removing of dead, unsightly, or insect-infested branches. At Mt. Pleasant Tree Service, we feel that trees should be pruned as to accomplish the goals of the client while maintaining the aesthetic integrity of trees. Lifting canopies may be required for a number of reasons. For example, if low limbs prevent access to property, it is more difficult to maintain (mowing, etc.), and trees along roadways are required to have a minimum 14’4″ clearance for emergency vehicles. In addition, pruning helps increase visibility for entrances, signs, pedestrians and drivers.
In order to best promote healthy tree growth, pruning is required. There are several benefits:
- increases sunlight penetration for landscape and or prevents moisture/mildew
- allows wind to pass through canopy instead of hitting canopy like a sail (also called “hurricane preparation”)
- ensure houses / structures / roofs have sufficient clearance away from trees/limbs
- removes dead and diseased wood as to ensure health of tree (large dead or hazardous wood can be dangerous)
- removes sucker growth in trees to allow for better, healthier canopy/tree development
Homeowner Associations and commercial properties may need to have limbs removed near lights (parking, sidewalks, roadways, etc.). This is particularly a concern for trees along pedestrian paths, driveways, and surrounding buildings.
There is a danger to excessive pruning, also known as “topping trees”. Topping trees is dangerous to the overall health to the tree – the stress and injury often kill the tree. In the Charleston area you will often see this done to crepe myrtles – at Mt. Pleasant Tree Service, we refer to that practice as committing “crepe murder” and goes against our belief that during any given service, no more than 30% of foliage is trimmed.
Mt. Pleasant Tree Service can expertly determine the best treatment for tree pruning on your property. Our main goal with tree pruning is protecting the overall health of the tree and maximizing view enhancement for your enjoyment.