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Structural Pruning- How Can I Tell if My Tree is a Candidate?

Structural pruning is an important part of maintaining not only the look and health of your tree but also the safety of the people and property that are in the vicinity of your trees, especially in an urban landscape.

When structural defects begin to show in a tree, it is important to have the tree pruned to prevent these defects from worsening as the tree continues to mature. These defects can cause a breakdown in part of or in the entire tree, which can lead to falling limbs or fallen trees that can pose a danger to people and cause damage to property.

How to identify dangerous tree defects

When determining whether or not you need to have your tree pruned, it is important to take the time to inspect your tree for defects that need to be corrected. During your inspection of the tree, it is important to look for imperfections such as:

  • Co-dominate stems – This is when two or more main stems of similar diameter grow from the same location on the central trunk of the tree. This defect can cause the jointed stems of the tree to weaken and fall, especially during inclement weather, which can, in turn, ruin the tree’s appearance and possibly shorten its lifespan.
  • Included bark– This occurs when the bark becomes trapped between the Tree Pruningtree trunk and the branch. This causes a weak attachment of the branch to the trunk which can result in limb breakage.
  • Unbalanced crown structure- This occurs when there are branches concentrated on one side of the tree. With the weight being distributed unevenly, it increases the risk of the tree falling over.

You also want to look for large branches crowding the top of the tree, branches that have grown larger than about half of the diameter of the trunk, and clusters of branches that could also require pruning to support tree health and safety near buildings and walkways.

Selecting the right tree service for your pruning needs

When done correctly, structural pruning can encourage strong and steady growth in young trees, allowing them to thrive and grow safely as they mature and can also give mature trees a pleasing appearance while maintaining their stability. When pruning is done incorrectly, it can negatively affect the lifespan and architecture of the tree which is why it is important to find a structural pruning expert to complete the job.

20/20 Landscaping is an expert in tree pruning and takes pride in offering quality workmanship at a competitive price. Call us today to learn more about our tree pruning services.

How Retaining Walls Will Enhance Your Yard

Although the spring season in Pittsburgh is off to a slow start, it is time to start thinking about ways to freshen up the landscaping around your home in preparation for the warmer days ahead. When it comes to retaining walls, there are a variety of options to help you create an enjoyable space that can be used for entertaining guests or showcasing your garden. Continue reading “How Retaining Walls Will Enhance Your Yard”

How Can I Tell if My Tree is Dying or Dead?

There are signs when anything is in disrepair. A car, a house, and even a tree, show signs that its best days are behind them. A car may have worn paint patches, rust, and missing parts. A house has peeling paint, cracking foundation, leaky roof. A tree might be a little more complicated to determine if it is meant to meet with a chainsaw. Trees can be deceiving unless you know what to look for, you would rather err on caution than wait too long and have it sitting on your roof or your car. Your tree will definitely provide clues as to its life expectancy. It is up to you to pay attention and look for the symptoms. If you are still unsure, you can call your trusted tree expert to give you their opinion. Continue reading “How Can I Tell if My Tree is Dying or Dead?”

Does cutting of dead branches help a tree?

Last updated on March 22nd, 2018 at 03:02 pm

Grooming does the body, and tree, good.  Aside from your looks, routine grooming is actually healthy for your hair. As your hair ages, it becomes weaker, so give it a trim for healthier hair. Your trees operate rather similarly. Its branches age over time and will have a definite need for pruning. If you want a healthy tree, enlist the help of an arborist. An arborist knows what is best for your tree and an arborist says you should prune regularly, but why? Continue reading “Does cutting of dead branches help a tree?”

When is the Best Time to Transplant a Tree?

Last updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 09:26 am

You spend time and money to build and care for your landscape. You cut up, carve out, deconstruct and build. You do whatever it takes to shape your yard space. Perhaps you build up certain areas; plant perennials; or even cut down and plant new trees. If you feel as though you made a mistake with any of those changes, they are all in all, pretty simple to correct. Well, except if you made a mistake when deciding on your trees. Moving a tree or purchasing an older tree for transplant is a frequent solution to this problem. One of the keys to the success of transplanting that tree is the time of year that the tree is moved.  Continue reading “When is the Best Time to Transplant a Tree?”

Why Hiring a Commercial Snow and Ice Management Company Makes Sense

When it comes to winter in Pittsburgh, snow is unpredictable, and it can have a significant effect on your business. Snow and ice management is part of the operational costs of running a business, and attempting to sacrifice quality to cut costs can and up costing you more money in the long run.
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Have Your Firewood Delivered This Winter by 20/20 Landscaping

Last updated on December 6th, 2017 at 02:17 pm

Pittsburgh is known for its cold, brutal winters, that can often last well into March and April. Many older homes in Pittsburgh are outfitted with wood-burning fireplaces, and while sitting in front of a fire is cozy on a cold evening, keeping enough wood in stock can be a chore. Continue reading “Have Your Firewood Delivered This Winter by 20/20 Landscaping”

Why You Should Schedule Your Commercial Snow Removal Service Now

Last updated on October 4th, 2017 at 10:42 am

The Pittsburgh winters are known for their cold temperatures, with snow and ice often hindering traffic conditions and making traveling difficult. For business and property owners, the snow and ice presents its own set of challenges. Commercial snow removal  services are a vital part of your property maintenance. Heavy snow and ice can affect not only your daily business operations, but can pose a threat to the safety of your property as well as affect your bottom line. The key to maintaining your property throughout the temperamental Pittsburgh winters is by scheduling your commercial snow removal service as soon as possible. Continue reading “Why You Should Schedule Your Commercial Snow Removal Service Now”

Bradford Pear Tree Maintenance

Last updated on August 29th, 2017 at 02:04 pm

Bradford Pear Tree Service

Since their introduction by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1963, Bradford pear trees have become a popular addition to many a landscape. Their rapid growth and decorative appearance made them an appealing choice for many neighborhoods in the 1950’s, however, the tree itself has some issues that need addressed in order for them to thrive.

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