Almost all homes across the country that have a yard have at least one or two trees on the property. Many homeowners’ outdoor landscapes include the use of a variety of different trees to decorate their yard and provide ample shade from the sun. These trees need to be care for in order to stay strong, healthy and beautiful. Ideally, you should have your trees pruned and trimmed at least once a year. However, if you have not maintained your trees for several years, do not worry it is not too late. If you are not sure when it is time to call a professional, below is a list of four signs that it is time to hire a tree service contractor.
1. Tree Branches Are Too Long
When your tree’s branches grow too long that you will notice, it is time to trim the tree. A sure sign is if you have low hanging branches that make it difficult to walk under the tree. These low branches can be cut off to offer you full use of your tree and its shade. The branches may also grow out too far that they are scratching your house, garage, car or electric wires. In cases like this, it is very important that you have your tree trimmed back before it causes severe damage to your property. Do not wait until a storm comes and causes extensive damage to your home or car, or falls over altogether.
2. Tree Looks Wrong
If you notice that your tree has taken on an odd shape, it is time to call in the professionals to shape it up some. Your tree may start to lean, look lopsided, or it may have many branches in one area and look rather sparse in other areas. A professional tree services provider can help your tree grow healthy branches and bring back its original shape. You should also call a professional if you notice that the tree is cracked or broken. If not treated right this can be difficult to correct and can actually permanently damage the tree.
3. Tree has Dead Branches
If you notice dead or broken branches on your tree, it is imperative that you have those branches removed. If left untreated these branches are more likely to cause disease or an insect infestation. Disease, infection, and decay can quickly spread to other areas of the tree, which can ultimately destroy the tree. Disease can also spread to other trees in your yard if not maintained. If the entire tree is already dead, you will have to remove the tree from your yard.
4. No Sun Shines Through the Branches
It is true that trees provide shade from the sun, which is great on hot summer days. However, there should still be a little light shining through the canopy of the tree branches. When standing under the tree, you should be able to see sunlight when you look up towards the sky. If you cannot, you should have your tree thinned out. This will keep your tree healthy by ensuring that it is receiving enough air and sunlight to grow properly.
The signs above will let you know for sure that your trees need to be cared for by a professional in order to keep it strong and healthy. If you are still not sure what to do with your trees, a reputable tree service contractor will come to your home and examine your trees. He/she will advise you on what type of tree services you need to maintain their overall health. The contractor should also provide you with a quote for the necessary services and let you know how soon the problems should be taken care of.