FAQ here on tree trimming:
- 1. What is tree topping and should I do it?More
According to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), "topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping include 'heading,' 'tipping,' 'hat-racking,' and 'rounding over'." Topping violates nationally accepted standards for proper pruning and can seriously injures trees. Properly maintained ornamental trees should not be topped.
Problems caused by topping include:
Starvation - So much of the tree’s crown is removed that the crown to root ratio is adversely affected and the tree’s ability to uptake nutrients is temporarily halted, and the tree goes into shock.
Weak new growth - Newly sprouting branch work, post topping, is weakly attached to remaining tree. Rot often occurs at the severed end of the branch and can worsen the weakly attached new growth.
Rapid new growth - Topping actually encourages rapid new growth, of weakly attached new branch work, and the affected trees vigorously re-sprout. A topped tree will usually reach its former height with 2 to 4 seasons whereas a properly maintained/pruned tree may not need additional structural pruning for up to 10 years.
Insects and disease - Numerous and large wounds open sensitive tissue to pest and disease that proper pruning does not.
- 2. How does Fresno Tree Service 24-hour emergency service work?More
Fresno Tree Service is available for 24-hr emergency service simply by calling our normal business line at (559) 453-2500.
Our answering service has a list of employees “on-call” for given days/dates, and will forward calls to the Fresno Tree staff who are on call.
- 3. What are the signs that my tree is hazardous or unhealthy?More
Changes in growth or development - Color changes to crown growth or leaf canopy, galls or swelling of trunk or branch work, stunted or reduced growth, or early leaf drop
General death - Blight, dieback of shoots/leaves/roots, wilt, crown collapse
Localized death - Spots/lesions, cankers, rot and decay
Physical damage/evidence - Damages caused by animal or insect feeding, pest infestations, general damage such as bleeding/ooze, mechanical or climate/weather damages, parasitical damages from plants, epiphytes, lichens, mosses, and algae
If you see any of these signs, call us for a free quote.
- 4. When is the best time to have work done on my trees before they become a hazard?More
Avoid fall pruning!
Pruning trees in the fall stimulates new growth just as the trees are preparing to go dormant. This can severely weaken trees.
Late winter/early spring is the best time to prune!
Most trees, evergreen or not, are dormant to a greater degree during the dead of winter. Trees are far less susceptible to pests/diseases when they are dormant.
- 5. What value does hiring a reliable tree care company bring?More
A professional tree service can help access and preserve the health and integrity of your trees!
Professional pruning and maintenance not only provides aesthetic benefit to your trees, it also contributes to the overall health of the tree, and adds value to your property. Fresno Tree Service can work with homeowners and property managers alike to inventory your trees, and develop a comprehensive plan to protect both aesthetics and health within your site’s tree inventory.
Tree professionals can help with identifying potential problems or pests, provide structural or clearance pruning as your trees mature, work to remove dead or dying branches, or provide emergency services after a storm. Only a professional tree service, such as FTS, can assure that your trees are trimmed/pruned correctly.
- 6. What areas does Fresno Tree service?More
FTS routinely services the greater tri-county area (Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties), but can travel to outlying areas depending upon the size/scope of an individual project.
Don't hesitate to call and ask us about your job!