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Top 10 Reasons for Tree Trimming This Spring 2023

tree trimming in springWe talk a lot about tree pruning, but why is it really necessary? Tree trimming has tons of benefits for your trees, your home, and you. Spring is the best time to prune many trees and shrubs!

There are so many ways tree pruning can keep your trees healthy, looking good, and safe. Tree trimming and pruning after the winter months are over and the dormant season is done is a key part of proper tree care.

It’s a great time of year to get your pruning done — check out our top reasons to prune your tree this spring.

1. Save money with a spring prune

You might be worried about tree trimming costs, but the cost of pruning can save you money in the long run. Routine pruning is much cheaper than tree removal, or repairing damage from a tree that breaks.

The most expensive times to trim or remove a tree are during summer and after a storm. Summer is very busy for arborists and there is more demand for service than there are qualified professionals. This leads to longer waiting times and higher prices.

After storms, emergency tree service is at a premium. It can take weeks or months for tree companies to get back to their regularly scheduled work.

The three biggest factors impacting the cost of tree pruning or removal are: the quicker you need service, the more dangerous the work and the bigger the job. Waiting until your tree problem is serious can cost hundreds or thousands more in the long run.

2. 2023 storm season is coming

It feels like winter has barely passed, especially with the late snow we had in Toronto this year. Unfortunately, there have been more spring and summer storms in the Toronto area over the last few years. In 2022, the derecho downed thousands of trees. In 2021 and 2020, wind and rain flooded the DVP and caused numerous power outages.

What will 2023 bring?

Regular tree trimming by a certified arborist means that someone is checking for damaged or weakened branches. During the pruning process, your arborist will check branches for breaks or damage, and may find issues that are harder to spot or too high up for you to see. This means weaker branches are removed before they can break or fall down in a storm, keeping your home safer during storms.

3. Keep your yard and cars clean

Trees and hedges can create an awful mess on their own with leaves, cones and needles. Pests make this problem even worse. It could be aphids spitting on your car, scale on your magnolia or wasps and ants attracted to the honeydew.

An arborist will check branches for signs of damage from insects and other pests. If an infestation is limited to a couple of areas, these branches can be removed. This keeps pests from spreading to the rest of the tree and other trees in your yard.

Any insect problems discovered during pruning can also be followed up with appropriate pest treatment, helping limit the spread of pests.

4. Remove squirrel and raccoon roadways

If you’re like most Toronto residents, you have a few of these furry friends living in your yard. Long or overgrown tree branches can create an easy path onto your house or garage, encouraging wildlife to hang out up there. Trimming back long branches near rooftops can help you limit pathways for squirrels or raccoons on your roof, helping you keep animals off the house.

5. Stay safe from falling branches

Do you often find small broken branches all over your yard? Tree pruning for dead, dying and crossing branches will remove hazards above your property and keep you safe. Dead branches are natural on a tree, but they can pose a significant hazard to anyone underneath when they fall.

Branches that look small up in a tree can still cause significant damage to people, property or vehicles underneath. If you enjoy your outdoor space or spending time in the backyard, ensure it’s safe all year round.

6. Make your property pristine

After a long, dreary winter, spring brings a breath of fresh air. Pruning your trees, shrubs and hedges before the heat of summer sets in starts the new season off the right way. Trimming during spring is an ideal time for many trees and hedges, and freshens up the look of your home and garden. Ornamental trees and shrubs thrive with a fresh cut.

Spring tree trimming and hedge pruning is a great time to prepare your trees and property for the warm summer growing season.

7. Clear the junk out

Over time, trees can collect some undesirable stuff. Dead branches and twigs, suckers, water sprouts and other excess growth can take up a lot of space in a tree. Treat your tree to a spring cleaning to help it thrive throughout the year. The more space taken up by dead wood and overgrowth, the less space there is for new, healthy growth.

Fruit trees and flowering trees are particularly prone to generating a lot of small, dead growth.Pruning can remove anything that’s no longer needed for a tree’s health, letting healthy growth come in.

8. Get more sunlight

Have you got a flower or vegetable garden? Are grass, flowers, or a vegetables growing poorly below the shade of a big tree? Sunlight can make or break the success of many plants. If your tree is overgrown or shading your other plants, pruning it before summer can help.

Pruning your tree can reduce the volume in the tree’s crown and let more light through to the ground. This will let more light in to the ground, helping things grow below. Ensuring enough warmth and sunlight through proper pruning can give you the garden of your dreams.

Keep in mind this type of pruning needs to be a regular job every year or two! Branches and leaves will grow back over time, so you’ll need to keep on top of pruning if you’re trying to let light in to a flower or veggie garden below a large tree.

9. Keep branches off your house

Branches that scrape against your roof, eavestroughs, garage, or siding can cause damage over time. Branches or hedges that rest on your shingles can trap moisture, leading to mould or mildew on your roof. It also puts your property at greater risk of damage during wind, ice or thunderstorms. Tree cutting will remove any branches that are dangling or scraping on the house, keeping your home protected.

Replacing a roof is very costly in comparison to tree pruning. Tree trimming can help limit damage to your roof from branches.

10. Your trees will love you for it

Taking care of the environment begins at home. When you have your trees and shrubs properly maintained, you get to enjoy a little slice of nature in a big city. Tree maintenance can give you peace of mind about the risks your tree poses, letting you relax and focus on what matters.

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Cheryl Cooke
James responded quickly to my request for a quote and he and his crew did an extremely professional job with perfect cleanup. I would recommend these guys in a heartbeat. James is an excellent communicator and a pleasure to work with. Thanks for giving my garden a great jump on Spring.
Lawrence Tavers
James and Michael have been the best arborists I’ve ever dealt with. First off, they were friendly and professional. They didn’t just throw out a number, they went through the job and what needed to be done and what didn’t and gave me a reasonable price. On the day, the crew came and did a fantastic job. It was a hard one but they made it look easy. And the clean up was perfect, my yard looked better than it did before they came. They’re my go to from now on.
Johnathan Melnick
I got two trees removed for a renovation project, and vista was on it right from the start. Report came through right away, permits right after but then due to some cost over runs I had to delay for 4 months and hold off on the removals until last month. Trees came down so well, crew was really professional. They left the site looking CLEAN and thats saying a lot as it had a lot of builder garbage around .stump grinding happened right away. James and Mike went above and beyond to manage this and help me out when the unexpected happened. Definitely recommend.
Ronald Romick
Very professional work. We are very satisfied with the quality of the work done. We would recommend Vista 100 percent. Great quality, performance and professional.
John Rydzkowski
I had James and his crew cut down and remove my 40'+ blue spruce before the wind blew it over. There was an urgency in getting the work done and they were there for me. They were very professional, worked safely and cleaned up when they were finished. They also showed me proof of insurance and WSIB which is very important as a home owner. I'm happy to recommend them to anyone. Thanks 😊
Marlee Pinsker
Vista Tree Management came to our house and did a wonderful job helping to protect the roof from squirrel damage. James walked around the perimeter of the house with me and pointed out every tree branch that might possibly be the instrument of a squirrel finding its way to the roof. He then set up a time, came over promptly, and in short time cut down many tree limbs and branches. He consulted with me about whether anything else needed to be done, and when I pointed out one last branch, he cut it down. I feel I have finally found a tree service which has the knowledge and expertise to help with my property. My husband and I are more than satisfied! The staff at Vista Tree Management were so very helpful.
Kristian Alexander Kennedy
We had the pleasure of working with Vista recently and we could not have asked for better service. We have a small apple tree and hedge in our front yard that we wanted pruned. As part of the quote, we had also requested that some time be spent with us as the pruning occurred so that we could learn how to properly care for our garden going forward. James was prompt, responsive and incredibly thorough. He completed the tasks exactly as we had discussed and as was quoted. He was patient and spent lots of time teaching us the various pruning methods that he was utilizing. Not only does he have excellent attention to detail while pruning, but he also takes great care in cleaning up all the plant debris once he was finished the job. We can’t thank him enough for the excellent service provided. We will be sure to reach out to Vista for all of our future pruning/landscaping needs. Thanks James.
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