Your trees may make a significant contribution to the kerb appeal of your property, but if they are not in good condition, they can quickly become a potential hazard. It would be prudent to call an arborist for routine tree maintenance to keep your trees in healthy condition and put off tree removal. One of the standard tree services that would be prudent on a scheduled basis is tree trimming. If you are unsure about whether your trees require trimming or not, below are a few of the telltale signs that you should be looking out for.
The branches of the tree are overlapping
Tree branches will not grow in a uniform direction. If the branches start clustering in one place, it will steadily weaken the structure of the tree. Therefore, it is important to regularly check whether there is a section of the tree where the branches are crossing over each other. If these limbs are left in this state, it leads to an increase of pressure and friction between the branches. This increased pressure and friction then poses the risk of the limbs spontaneously falling off, which could injure someone or cause property damage. If you notice that the branches have started to become concentrated in one area, it is best to have an arborist come and trim the tree accordingly.
The health of the tree trunk is compromised
Another symptom of a tree that requires trimming is a declining trunk. Some of the telltale signs of an unhealthy tree trunk include cracking, forking or splitting. As these structural damages manifest, they end up pushing away the branches of the tree to grow in a different direction. If this is not addressed, you will find that your tree will gradually become unstable due to the uneven distribution of weight. In addition to instability, the tree may also become prone to sap leaks as well as infections, which would make the tree deteriorate. Routine tree trimming will ensure that any imbalanced branches are eliminated before they become a grave concern.
The limbs show signs of decay
In some cases, tree trimming would be essential to ensure that decay does not get the chance to spread to other parts of the tree. However, you need to know how to spot branches that have become infected. Some of the signs to be wary of include holes developing in the branches, growth of fungi on the branches and any other signs of apparent weakening of the tree limbs.