The most common procedure in arboriculture and one we like to emphasize the most is tree trimming and pruning. This procedure is done for a variety of reasons and is always adapted to the speciﬁc tree species and the conditions of the environment.
Trees in a “natural” forest setting rarely encounter a Certiﬁed Arborist, they live out their existence in what most would consider a natural state with their own version of natural pruning. These trees will drop large limbs, crack under heavy loads and eventually fall due to decay.
This practice of natural pruning only pertains to the “natural” forest and if applied in an urban or urban-mountain community even one as naturalistic as Boulder, can be dangerous for the community, as well as the health of the tree.
Any tree whether in the forest or in your backyard can develop structural problems. Hiring a tree service to evaluate your trees and develop a regular pruning cycle will help to eliminate these risks.
Blue River Forestry & Tree Care is a licensed Boulder tree service and is certiﬁed by the International Society of Arboriculture. Our arborists are trained to identify “risks” in trees, evaluate health and create tree health care plans for your property.
Improving and maintaining the health and structure of your tree is one of the many reasons to have your trees trimmed.
A crown clean is a common term used that refers to removing dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached, and low energy branches from the crown of the tree.
Another way to improve the health and structure of your trees is with a crown thin, which is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. This opens the foliage of the tree and reduces weight on the end of limbs.
A crown thin on your fruit trees in winter can create a beautifully structured tree for spring, that can withstand the weight of itʼs own fruit. A crown thin can also allow light penetration for underlying and surrounding plants and smaller vegetation.
Maintaining the health of your trees also includes preventative care. Preparing for heavy wet snow loads, high gusty winds and other forces of nature is important to the health of the tree, to prevent against breakage, torn bark and cracked leaders. Depending on the degree of damage, a tree may lose itʼs life to a badly cracked leader. With storms arriving in late October in the Boulder area, proper pruning will help your trees withstand the heaviest of snows.
Another reason for trimming your urban trees is hazard reduction. Trees that have limbs that are hanging over playgrounds, roofs, buildings and city walks need to be regularly evaluated and pruned to create safe zones for the surrounding environment.
Providing clearance for trafﬁc, walkways, building and other surrounding trees and plants is important in the urban environment. A crown raise is the removal of the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance. Blue River Forestry & Tree Care is up to date on all city ordinances for uplifting and clearance heights for Boulder tree trimming, as well as, surrounding cities.
Tree trimming is not only great for a treeʼs health, but also for aesthetics. If you are selling your home or trying to increase your property value having well pruned, maintained and healthy trees will give your property value that extra boost it needs.
Please leave trimming your trees to the professionals, poorly trimmed trees not only develop weak structures and limbs, they have more risk of storm damage and less aesthetic value. Also the longevity and health of the tree is greatly compromised when a tree has endured poor pruning.
As Boulderʼs premier tree service Blue River Forestry & Tree Care provides free estimates, and health evaluations to ensure the longevity and beauty of our communityʼs trees.