Just like pets, many Nigerians these days like keeping trees as it adds beauty and a feeling of established elegance to any home. As important as this idea seems there is still a need to constantly trim the trees or even cut some down. When you have trees on your property, no matter where they’re located, the most important and common maintenance procedures you have to perform on a frequent basis are pruning and trimming.
In fact the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has advised residents to notify the agency of any overgrown tree within their communities. According to her, some of the trees, apart from their tendency to wreak havoc during windstorm, are already competing with electric cables and poles. 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 lines.
Here are the Four most important benefits of regular tree trimming:
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.
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.
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.
Another benefit that’s severely underrated by many is that pruning and trimming your trees frequently and properly will allow you to better manage pests and insects. Obviously, trees attract a lot of insects, and if the trees’ growth isn’t controlled, it can lead to many problems. Some insects can kill your plants and those that cannot may spread many diseases which could reduce the strength of your plants and trees, and increase the odds of a branch falling. Moreover, if the tree is in close proximity to your home, the insects can enter your home and nest, leading to even more troubles that could have easily been avoided.