3 Benefits of Regular Tree Service

Written by Angie's List staff
Updated June 15, 2020
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Regular trimming is part of caring for your trees. It can keep them healthy and even protect your home. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Learn about the benefits of having your trees pruned and trimmed.

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Trees add beauty and a feeling of established elegance to any home. However, poorly maintained trees can die before their time, create personal safety hazards for your family and even cause property damage to your home.

For some trees, pruning or at least an inspection is recommended every year, especially if the trees are located near your home, along a property line or around power poles.

Here are the three most important benefits of regular tree trimming:

1. Promote tree health

Pruning can prolong the life of your trees by removing dead, weak, insect-infested or diseased limbs before they start to rot and impact overall health.

Regular trimming will also improve the overall appearance of your trees. With unwanted branches no longer drawing energy from the trunk, the desirable parts of the tree can flourish. Removing excess limbs may increase leaves, flowers and fruit production too.

2. Protect your home and property

Tree branches hanging over your home can cause damage if they break off or slam into a home during a strong wind. Over time, additional damage can occur as tree branches burrow their way under shingles causing roof leaks.

Trees left to grow without trimming can also grow into power lines, creating a risk of power loss and further damage to the lines. While most utility companies regularly trim around overhead lines on or near public thoroughfares, some require homeowners to handle this task at their own expense for power lines spanning over private property.

3. Protect your family

Most importantly, regular tree trimming can prevent injuries to those who use your property by eliminating cracked branches that are in danger of falling, and low-hanging limbs that can be dangerous for those who bump into them.

Proper pruning can also reduce the weight of a tree, making it less likely to fall in a snowstorm or from the constant strain of carrying a heavy load.

With frequent maintenance, trees can enhance the look, feel and value of your property without decreasing the safety of your family or creating unnecessary and costly property damage. Sign in to Angie’s List to find a highly rated tree service in the Washington D.C. area.

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