People often plant evergreen trees (pines, cedars, and so forth) with the intent of decorating these trees at Christmastime. They like dressing up the natural trees with lights and baubles without having to cut a tree down or harm a live tree to do so. However, not every evergreen planted manages to grow into that perfect and ideal conical shape. This takes grooming provided by a tree-trimming service. Here is how such a service can help you achieve the perfect Christmas tree–shape on the evergreen trees in your yard.
Trimming Back Branches That Are Too Long
The lower to the ground and the base of the tree the branches are, the longer you can expect them to be. However, you may get a wayward branch that juts all the way out to one side and makes your tree look very lopsided. Because this is a green and growing part of the tree, you want to be very careful with how it is pruned. A tree-trimming expert can determine how safe it is to trim this branch and how far back to trim it before doing so might hurt the tree. After the trimming, the nub on the end of the branch is wrapped with landscaper's tape, a healing patch that allows the tree to naturally heal and seal itself off so that the branch does not extend outward again.
Training Other Branches to Grow a Certain Way
Evergreens, like most other trees, will alternate their branches and their limbs, as well as their needle growth. Sometimes branches and needles grow at very odd angles, but a tree-trimming expert can get them to grow differently. One such technique is to bend a limb or branch a certain way, brace it in that position, and then use landscaper's tape to hold it that way until the tree naturally begins to grow in the altered state. This usually takes a couple of weeks to a few months, depending on the size of the tree, its growth levels, and so forth.
Trimming Dead Branches or Attempting to Revitalize Them
When some of the limbs or branches on your evergreens begin to brown, they are dying. Browning is somewhat unusual for these trees, and evergreen trees with brown branches may have a disease or pest creating a problem. Your tree-trimming expert may choose to cut away what is dead and dying unless the dying portion of the tree is more than the tree can spare. Then he or she may assess the tree to find out if it is sick or is plagued by a pest (such as termites). The expert may try to revitalize and save the tree and cut back on only what is absolutely dead. This helps avoid deforming the tree, which would definitely make it less than a perfect Christmas tree–shape.