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Frequently Asked Questions From Portland Homeowners

This is Part 2 of our FAQ blog series and it focuses on trees.

Why should I prune my trees?

Our certified arborists have the knowledge and expertise to make informed decisions about how to maximize the value of your trees!

Is it okay to “top” trees that are getting too tall? Why or why not?

Generally speaking, topping is not a good solution to any problem. Once a tree is topped, meaning the main stem or stems are cut to reduce height, a number of things occur that might not be foreseen.

First, the dormant growth nodes below the cut will be triggered. This produces what is called “epicormic” growth, also commonly referred to as water sprouts or suckers.

The problem with these water sprouts is that they do not have a strong union compared to a branch that formed naturally.

This means that the new growth develops into large, heavy branches that are weakly attached and prone to breaking during inclement weather or simply under their own weight!

So, in the end, topping a tree degrades its structural integrity and increases the need for future pruning, increasing the overall cost of tree care.

When is the best time of the year to prune fruit trees?

The OSU Extension Service recommends February as the optimal time of year for fruit tree pruning.

This is because all the leaves have fallen, so the branching structure is more visible and accessible.

Anytime from December through February is fine, but February is best due to reduced risk of freezing damage.

What are some of the benefits trees provide in a landscape?

Deciduous trees planted strategically around buildings will provide shade in the summer and allow light through in the winter. This helps to keep cooling costs down when it’s hot and heating costs down when it’s cold!

Trees provide a habitat for wildlife, prevent erosion, improve air quality, and have been proven to have a positive effect on human psychology.

Our FAQ blog series is meant to educate Oregon homeowners so they can make better decisions about their trees, shrubs and landscape. Contact General Tree Service for more information or to schedule a service.