With fall weather finally making its way to Houston, many property owners are starting to see leaves fall from trees and tree growth slowing down. This cooler weather marks the ideal time to have trees pruned back, but some property owners and amateur tree crews go overboard with their tree pruning. In today's blog post, we'll look at the top three dangers that result from excessively pruning trees.

Major Cuts Can Lead To Instability

One of the biggest ways excessive tree pruning can harm an otherwise healthy shade tree is that the tree become unstable because of the removal of major limbs. When tree growth accelerates in the spring, the tree's weight may be unevenly distributed, making it more likely to topple over and cause personal injury or property damage. In addition, severe tree pruning can make it harder for trees to recover from the loss of limbs and branches because they must work even harder to grow in the spring.

More Vulnerable To Tree Diseases And Insects

Another important factor to consider with excessive tree pruning is that it can make the tree extremely vulnerable to harmful and potentially deadly tree diseases and invasive insects. Harmful tree diseases and insects are attracted to the gaping wounds left by excessive tree pruning, and they can deplete the tree of valuable nutrients and energy resources. Trees attacked by insects and disease after severe tree pruning often cannot recover from the dual attack to their health, and the property owner ends up with a dead tree. Worse yet, these tree diseases and insects can quickly spread to other areas of the property, jeopardizing the health of other trees, plants and flowers.

Loss Of Beauty And Value

The most obvious loss that comes with severe tree pruning is the loss of beauty and value of a shade tree. Excessive tree pruning can completely ruin the curb appeal of a commercial property, and can become a negative focal point for the landscape. Property owners also lose out on valuable shade and privacy when their trees are severely pruned back. This can lead to higher utility costs down the road for property owners as they lose the benefit of shaded businesses.

Trees are valuable assets to any commercial property in Houston, so it's critical that they always be treated with the utmost respect and care. The Certified Arborists of LMC take great pride in providing exceptional tree maintenance to ensure many years of beauty, value and health. LMC offers a full range of tree maintenance services for both commercial property owners throughout the greater Houston area, including strategic tree pruning, tree planting, tree removal, weed control services, irrigation installation, landscape maintenance, and soil aeration and fertilization. Contact LMC today for more information, or go online to request a free consultation today!