Trees are majestic additions to any Texas commercial landscape. They bring value to the property as well as value to those who visit and can enjoy the shade and views trees provides.
But a tree, while very resilient, isn’t a plant-it-and-forget-it type of landscape addition—no matter how sturdy and strong it appears. Once problems occur, often it can be too late to fix them and you risk losing your valuable landscape asset and possibly damaging something else on your property in the process.
The solution, says Tyler Sandison, certified arborist with Native Land Design, is a proactive and precautionary approach to tree care. In fact, trees, in a lot of ways, are like humans and automobiles: as people and cars flourish with regular doctor’s checkups and oil changes, respectively, trees thrive on preventive maintenance.
The Many Benefits of Proactive Tree Pruning and Removal
Proactive pruning is essential in the overall health and wellness of your trees. As trees develop dead wood, removing these branches ensures decay won’t develop and accidents won’t occur. We eliminate conflicting branches and weak crotches as well to prevent them from failing during storms. Similarly, we can intelligently thin tree canopies to reduce overall weight and encourage healthy, balanced growth.
Tree pruning is best done in the winter months because trees are dormant and not actively growing. This also limits the possible spread of tree diseases, which thrive in moist, hot weather.
Since most trees growing in areas like parking lots have a limited life span, being proactive also means timing and planning tree replacement when it may be necessary to ensure consistent property aesthetics and avoid tree failure or liability issues on your commercial property.
Proactive Versus Reactive
Think about a tree that is located in a landscape bed in your shopping center parking lot. As it grows, widening and branching out, those branches may begin to get in the way of cars and pedestrians visiting the property.
The reactive approach is just pruning the immediate branches that are causing the problem and paying attention to nothing else.
The proactive approach looks at the entire tree canopy during annual pruning, focusing on how the tree is growing.
With this approach, we remove not only those branches causing direct issues, but we also look at those branches that are growing too close together and rubbing or those branches that are weak or dead that could easily fall in a wind or rain storm. We make intelligent cuts with the goal of long-term tree growth, health and strength.
Proactive Tree Care Begins at the Planting Stage
The best and easiest way to be proactive with tree care is by looking at proper tree species and placement at the time a tree is planted.
For instance, a tree can be installed for the purpose of shading an area of a commercial property but if it’s planted too close to the building or directly under power lines, it could cause more of a problem down the road as it grows larger and gets in the way.
A tree that naturally has a wide spread, for instance, won’t be as successful planted close to a building than one that is more thin and columnar in shape. A tree that grows too tall—say one projected to grow 75 feet tall—may not be a great fit near power lines, but a crepe myrtle that grows only 15 feet tall would be better.
Being proactive means making sure your landscape professional is helping you choose trees not just for how they look today, but for how they will look in 5, 10 and 20 years.
Professionals With Proactive Tree Care Expertise
The certified arborists at Native Land Design understand how trees grow. They have extensive experience in tree care, knowing how trees grow, what they need and common problems and how to prevent them.
If you have questions about the trees on your Texas commercial property, call us for a free onsite consultation at 512-918-2270 or fill out our contact form online today.