Thinning Out Overgrown Shade Trees Could Allow More Sunlight To Brighten Your Yard


If you bought property with several large shade trees, you may have been attracted to the idea of a nice shady lawn and sun protection for your home. However, as the seasons pass, you may view the trees as a liability. Too much shade can be as bad as too little. You may consider removing some of the trees, but this could be a drastic measure. Trimming and thinning them might be all that's needed to let more sun shine through. Here's how trimming a tree can help and why you should get help from a professional tree service to do the job.

Why Thinning And Trimming Is Beneficial

If your home and yard are in shade most of the day, algae may grow on the siding, roof, concrete walkways, and driveway. This can turn into a major annoyance that requires you to clean your property more often than you have time for. Too much shade affects your lawn, too. Grass may not thrive because the soil can be too soggy or too dry depending on the circumstances. Without adequate sunlight, you'll have a hard time growing plants and flowers for your landscaping projects, too.

Plus, when your yard is always in the shade, your property can seem gloomy. It's nice to sit in the sun occasionally, so a good mix of sun and shade is the best of both worlds. Trimming the trees can help achieve a better balance between sun and shade so your lawn gets more sun and so algae growth is controlled.

Why Trimming And Thinning Requires A Professional

Trimming a tree to reduce its shade is different than just trimming away dead or unruly branches. Healthy branches are removed to allow more sun to shine through and if too many or the wrong ones are removed, that can affect the health of the tree. A mature tree needs its branches and leaves to produce food, so there's a limit to how much a tree can be thinned out and stay healthy. The last thing you want to do is endanger the health of your trees and then have to remove them for safety reasons.

A tree trimming service professional can also help you determine which trees can be trimmed more aggressively than others and which ones might be better to leave alone. If you love old trees and were drawn to buy the property because of all the trees that were on it, you probably don't want to cut any down. Working with an arborist to thin some of the trees so you can get sunlight in at least part of your yard could be a good compromise.


16 January 2019

Improving The Look Of Our Trees

After we moved into our house, we knew that something had to be done about our trees. The branches looked off-kilter, and we could tell that someone had pruned them incorrectly at one time or another. Unfortunately, we weren't really sure how to repair the damage. A family friend talked with us about hiring a professional tree trimmer, and so we called them the next day. The difference that they made was astounding. They removed dead branches, trimmed up the shape, and let more sunlight through. My blog is all about improving the look of your trees by hiring a professional.