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The Benefits of Pruning: Why Trimming Your Trees is a Must

The weather in the Midwest, especially Iowa, is known to be unpredictable. For instance, it is not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one week during the end of spring or the middle of winter.


At any time during one of these Midwest storms, already compromised limbs can and will break away from the tree. This can be particularly dangerous if your trees are close to a structure or your vehicles.


Below, we'll discuss the dangers of failing to trim your trees, as well as the benefits of keeping them well-maintained.


Safety To Surrounding Structures and Pedestrians

Safety should always be the top priority when it comes to managing the trees on your property. If any of the trees near structures or areas of high traffic are in poor condition, with dead limbs, for example, they could break while a pedestrian is walking by or fall on your vehicle. It is essential to contact a professional tree care specialist as soon as possible to avoid tragedy. By taking the necessary precautions, you can ensure the safety of those around you.


Dead or dying limbs can fall or crack at any given moment, especially during a Midwest storm, or on a windy day. Tree care is so important when you live in a land of nothing but trees! Whether it's trimming back branches to prevent them from breaking or removing dead limbs, tree care is crucial to your safety and the safety of your home.


Health and New Growth

By safely and methodically removing dead or dying branches, you're bringing new life and vitality back to your trees. In some cases, certain parts of the trees can become diseased, and if not taken care of quickly, it will spread throughout the tree. Dead limbs can also harbor pests and spread just like the disease, reducing the health of the entire tree. By regularly trimming your trees, you can promote airflow throughout the crown and allow the sunlight to reach places it may have not been able to for a long time; these two things can promote new growth and healthy trees.


Aesthetically Pleasing

Iowa often leaves visitors in awe of the stunning natural beauty and varied landscape it has to offer. The landscape in our yards is no different. When you trim your trees of dead or dying limbs or broken ones, the trees overall appearance improves immediately along with the rest of your yard.



Talk to a tree care professional

Of course, excessive trimming is not necessary, but it is okay to do so if you are experiencing the problems mentioned above or if it has not been done in a while. It is always best to consult a licensed professional to discuss the best course of action.

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