Basics, Tools and Tips for Tree Pruning

basics tools tips tree pruningIf you have trees anywhere on your property, one of the key bits of maintenance that needs to be performed on them from time to time is pruning. Pruning, which takes place for a great number of plants and nature items through both natural and man-made processes, keeps both the tree and the property safe and comfortable. At Reliable Tree Care, our arborists are here to help with branch structure pruning and numerous other tree trimming and care areas. Whether you’re utilizing our professional services or supplementing with a bit of your own pruning, here are some basics on the process – why it’s necessary, some tools that might be used, and how to approach certain kinds of trees. Why Prune? Simply put, pruning the tree is necessary for health – not only of the tree itself,

Choosing Between Tree Removal and Medication

choosing tree removal medicationIf you have a tree on your property that’s struggling, you may be wondering whether the right action to take is to trim and medicate it or remove it completely. Some trees may hold historical or sentimental value, and we often want to look to alternatives before completely removing it. At Reliable Tree Care, we can help you make this important decision. Our tree removal services include first assessing whether this is the proper option for your tree and property, particularly if the tree is not fully dead and only has certain elements of damage. Here are some important areas we’ll help you consider as you choose which approach to take. Proximity to Living Spaces Human safety and comfort are the first and most important considerations here. Does the tree impact areas like sidew

Why Winter Tree Pruning Is Wise

winter tree pruningWinter tree pruning probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list – but you now’s an ideal time to schedule an appointment with a local certified arborist.   Many people tend to forget about tree care during the cold weather months, and some assume that tree service professionals don’t offer service in the winter. The reality is, this time of year is perfect for pruning. Here’s why.   Tree Structure Is More Visible   With the leaves gone, making accurate cuts on problem branches is much easier. A certified arborist can tell at a glance what needs to be pruned away.   Trees Are Dormant in Winter   Pruning during dormancy allows for a vigorous, healthy burst of growth in the spring – and isn’t that exactly what you want to see?   Winter Is No

Tree Service Tips for Taking Care of Snow-Covered Branches

care snow-covered tree branchesHow do tree service professionals take care of branches that covered in snow and bending from the heavy weight?   If one of your trees appears to be in trouble, you might be tempted to run out and relieve the snow-covered branches of their burden. However, taking this approach could actually make the problem worse.   Instead, contact a local tree service immediately if the snow-bent branch poses a property hazard. Otherwise, follow the tips below to avoid causing any more damage.   DON’T Shake the Tree   Heavy snow weakens limbs and makes them brittle. Give the tree a shake now, and snow-bent branches could break or snap. If that happens, you could face significant injury, additional devastation to the tree or property damage. Don’t risk it – resist th

Arborist Tips to Protect Your Trees from Winter Threats

protect trees winterYou might love the winter weather. But your trees? Not so much, according to expert arborists. Wintry conditions can actually lead to a host of tree problems that can compromise their health. So, though you might see a beautiful winter wonderland when you look outside, the frightful weather is anything but delightful to your trees. You can’t completely protect your trees during the cold weather months. But, if you follow our arborist tips, you can take steps to safeguard them from the effects of wintry conditions. Winter Threat No. 1: Cold Roots Tree roots may be deep underground, but they’re still at risk for damage when the temperature takes a dive. To insulate the roots of your trees, arborists advise applying a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch. Mulching to the edg