Summer – Time to Thin Trees

Very light pruning and the removal of dead wood can be done at any time. The trees have summer growth spurts and the occasional winds are reasons to consider thinning out the crown (branches, leaves) of the tree. The goal in thinning is to maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree and to open up the center for the light and wind to pass through. Every year articles are written in the View and newspapers advising that it is not advisable to trim more than 20% of the tree’s foliage at one time, it causes stress to the tree. The leaves provide energy to the tree.

Unfortunately, every year we see many residential trees that have had sub-standard pruning. Arborists refer to pruning as removing live tissue and the resulting wounds that are caused by that.

As a living object, trees deserve the same attention and care as any other living thing.If you were to take a photo of your tree before and after the thinning for comparison and there is no resemblance in the shape and the amount of foliage to the before photo, that will be a clear indication that the work was not done properly and your tree is overly stressed. Please care for your trees.

A reminder to make sure your address is visible by removing any plant material that is covering it so that deliveries and emergency vehicles can easily locate your home.

By Vicki L Berg
Chair, Design Review Committee