Have you ever Googled different ways to care for your trees and come across some far-fetched information? At Westcoast Tree Care, we know there are countless myths about Medford tree care. That’s why our certified arborist would like to take a look at a few of them below.
Common MedfordTree Care Myths
Tree Roots Grow Deep Underground
Most Medford homeowners don’t realize that the large roots growing at the base of a tree quickly taper into smaller roots that spread out. Even more, the majority of a tree’s roots grow just a few inches below the soil surface. In fact, it’s pretty rare for roots to grow any deeper than a few feet below ground. That’s why it’s essential to protect the upper layers of the soil around a tree to keep it healthy and strong.
It’s Better To Over Prune Than Under Prune
Many homeowners often think it’s better to over prune than to under prune. However, significant pruning can lead to a wide variety of problems, including vigorous sprout growth, and weakening a tree’s natural defenses. At Westcoast Tree Care, we recommend Medford residents avoid excessive pruning and trimming, as the constant removal of limbs and branches can shorten the life of your trees. Instead, it’s best to hire a certified arborist who can assess your trees and decide which branches should be cut and which ones should be left alone.
You Can Manage The Size Of A Tree By Topping It
Tree topping involves the removal of the upper portion of a tree. At Westcoast Tree Care, we are often asked if this pruning technique is the easiest way to handle an overgrown tree. The answer is no. Why? Topping results in serious injury to a tree and results in long-term structural damage. Furthermore, topping reduces a tree’s ability to absorb sunlight and fend off disease. Even worse, topping can result in denser foliage due to rapid re-growth, requiring frequent maintenance for restructuring.
Pruning Should Be Done As Close To The Trunk As Possible
Many people think that cutting branches close to the trunk of a tree is the best way to speed up the healing process. Compared to humans, however, trees don’t heal on their own. Instead, they eventually cover their wounds with a new layer of wood. That’s why it’s important not to penetrate the tree trunk to minimize decay and enable the ability to close pruning wounds. At Westcoast Tree Care, we recommend retaining slightly raised areas surrounding the base of most branches cut.
Trees Don’t Require Maintenance
Unfortunately, many homeowners believe it’s better to leave the trees on their property alone. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Like all living creatures, trees need to be regularly cared for to maintain their health, beauty, and safety. Just as your lawn and bushes need attention, so do your trees.
All Tree Care Companies Are The Same
While most tree care companies offer similar services, no two will be the same. In fact, there are a wide variety of differences in terms of experience, quality, and professionalism. Plus, it’s important not to assume that every tree care company has proper licensing and certification. Do yourself a favor and ask for this information.
At Westcoast Tree Care, we are ISA Certified, which means we have the education, training, and experience to care for your trees. Without this knowledge of arboriculture, a tree care company can leave your tree poorly shaped, making it vulnerable to disease and infestation.
Westcoast Tree Care
When you hire the ISA-certified arborists at Westcoast Tree Care, you are choosing experienced professionals. Not only are we insured, but we will also take care of getting any necessary permits, and provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any of our Medford tree care services. We take the time to assess the general condition of your trees and make important suggestions that will improve their health and beauty. With us, you can feel confident knowing that all the work we provide is done safely, according to national standards, and that your property will be treated respectfully and left clean upon service completion.
If you would like more information about the tree care services we provide, contact us today by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733.