Tree planting 101 with Connor Tree Service: Finding the right location
Late March and early April this year have brought with them almost record-breaking rainfall, and all that water paired with warmer weather is setting us up for an incredible growth season for our Charleston trees. Spring and summer are important times in a tree’s year, even when there are normal amounts of precipitation, because trees of all ages go through lots of changes in size and proximity to buildings, roads, and other trees.
Blog posts in this series
1. Seasonal Tree Care: May flowers…and hurricane prepping
2. Seasonal Tree Care: Tree risk assessments are a summer must
What’s happening to my trees?
In the spring, it’s common to see branches begin to push new growth. As a result, branches begin encroaching towards homes, apartments, buildings, driveways, roads, and other large, important structures. We also tend to see branches crowding each other and the branches of other trees. Because of the variety of trees we have in our area, it’s not uncommon for us to see oak branches growing into palm trees. Co-mingling sounds fun and, and the appearance might not bother you much, but it’s damaging to the trees!
It’s important to take some time to check trees on your residential or commercial property for good spacing, and to do those checks on a regular basis. It’s truly amazing just how quickly trees can grow when they have the water and ideal temperatures our Charleston springs are known for.
Pruning, trimming, and general spring tree care
When this kind of encroachment occurs, it’s important to trim and prune branches back.
Proper pruning and trimming techniques can improve the overall health of trees, prolong their lifespans, and add to their natural beauty. Trees that are properly pruned also add significant value to property and neighborhoods and improve landscape aesthetics while extending a tree’s life.
Spring is also a good time to assess the overall health of trees, now that the canopies should have leaves. In the winter months, deciduous trees lose their leaves, so branches that lack sufficient foliage as well as dead branches and limbs are easier to see.
However, even if the branches and limbs that need maintenance are clearly visible, it doesn’t mean that you should run up a ladder and try to cut them back yourself. First, that’s not safe. You never know when a seemingly healthy branch will snap under the weight of a grown human or when the ladder might slip while you’re high up in the crown of the tree. Also, there are specific ways to trim and prune branches that preserve the health of the rest of the tree. If these techniques aren’t practiced, the tree could suffer. It’s best to let professionals like the team at Connor Tree Service take care of your trees. We work with an ISA-certified arborist to ensure safe, professional tree maintenance every time.
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When April showers are actually storms
Seasonal storms lead to all kinds of issues on both residential and commercial properties, especially when it comes to trees. Older or weaker trees can lose branches completely, and other trees can suffer damage not plainly visible to the eye. It’s imperative that you give Connor Tree Service a call for storm cleanup if you have any trees or branches down, or if you suspect there could be hazardous conditions.
Cleanup after a storm is another task you don’t want to take on by yourself. Our professional and experienced storm cleanup team has been serving the Charleston and Mount Pleasant areas for many years, and you can rest easy knowing we are on the job. Not only do we clear the debris on the ground, but we also check for potential dangers that may surprise you days or weeks after the storm has passed. With our TRAQ Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, we know just what to look for and how to remedy any unsafe situations.
We will discuss Tree Risk Assessment and our TRAQ services in more depth later in this series!
Spring has sprung, and our series will continue
It’s amazing how quickly spring becomes summer in the south. We look forward to continuing our seasonal tree care series next month with information about hurricane prepping, arborist style!