tree pruning

Happy Customer, Better Business: Why Trees Need To Be Pruned

We all know that happy customers mean more business. One way to keep customers happy is to pay attention to the trees around your property. Take a few minutes and walk around your property and look at the trees. Do they invite customers into your business, or do they say you do not care about your business and customers?

Happy Customer, Better Business: Why Trees Need To Be Pruned

Dead branches must be pruned from your trees. If dead branches stay on trees, they can drop and injure customers or drop on cars and you end up with an unhappy customer, plus you have to pay for the injuries and damages. Dead branches also invite insects that are attracted to the decomposing branches. Customers do not want to walk through clouds of insects when coming to your business. Plus, when a customer sees trees without the dead branches, they know you pay attention to details.

Pruning also shapes the trees, especially young trees. Taking off the lower branches allows the landscape below to receive light and grow. This creates a more attractive look for your business and entices customers to come to your business. Also, taking off the lower branches of tall trees lets customers rest under the trees and enjoy the shade on a hot day. This positive emotional feeling is then transferred to the thought of your business and you have a happier customer. Shaping the trees also creates a more uniform and tidy look to your landscape which invites customers into your business. Customers know that when a business cares about the details of landscaping, they care about the details of the business.

You can see why trees should be pruned and how pruning trees can create happy customers. But this does not mean you go out and try it yourself. If branches need to be removed and they are not removed properly, the wounds can provide access to diseases which can kill your trees. So, invest in your business and customers, contact us and hire a professional to come prune your trees and create happy customers.

4 Things to Know About Pruning Trees and Shrubs

An important part of managing your commercial property should be paying attention to the maintenance of the trees around your building. Here are some things you should know about pruning your trees, starting with why it’s necessary.

4 Things to Know About Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Reduce Liabilities

Trees that aren’t being maintained are going to have dead branches. These branches are at risk of falling and causing damage to customers, passersby, employees, or parked cars. They can also fall on the sidewalk and block people’s paths or cause them to trip. Some trees may become dead themselves and topple over entirely, causing even greater damage.

Improve Your Appeal

Properly maintaining your trees goes a long way towards improving the appeal and appearance of your company. Customers, clients, and tenants will respect you more when your property is well maintained. It shows that you pay attention to small details. Walking on your property will be a pleasant experience. You’ll also increase the general value of your property by improving its curb appeal.

Shrubs Must Be Trimmed As Well

Not only should you prune your trees but you should also prune and trim your shrubs. Shrubs that are overgrown are an eyesore on your property. In addition, they can be a liability too if they are overgrown and are blocking walkways. Overgrown bushes can also create blind spots in parking lots.

Why You Need a Professional

Don’t allocate your trees’ needs to your employees. Pruning trees is hazardous. The proper equipment must be used, and those doing it must be properly trained. You don’t want a liability on your hands. In addition, if not done properly by a trained professional who knows what to look for as well as which branches to cut off and which to leave on, the trees’ health will be negatively affected.

For professional landscaping for your commercial property, contact us today.

What Does Pruning Actually Do To Your Plants?

Simply put, pruning is the selective removal of plant parts. This includes branches, leaves, buds, blooms, and roots. You can prune living, dying, or even dead plant parts. All plants will benefits from pruning, including soft plants, as well as trees and shrubs. Understanding why you need to prune plants is very important. There are certain goals that pruning will help you to achieve. Keep reading to learn more.

What Does Pruning Actually Do To Your Plants?

Plant Health 

In order to maintain plant health, pruning is necessary. Dead or dying parts of a plant are not only unattractive, but can harbor diseases and pests that will spread to the healthy parts of a plant if left alone. Plant parts that are infested or diseased need to be removed promptly in order reduce or fully eliminate the disease or the pest.

Training a Plant

Ironically, pruning and thinning out a tree will actually help to make it look fuller. And pruning also helps to actually train a plant to grow to a certain size and shape. It will encourage branches to grow a certain way to keep the tree full and attractive looking.

Plant Quality 

Pruning will directly impact the quality of plant foliage and stems. Certain plants that are heavily pruned will bloom abundantly as a result. And many trees have too many branches that can actually compete with one another, causing them all to be weak. Pruning an old tree can have immense positive effects on it, such as newer and more vibrant growth.

Restricting Growth 

On the contrary, some trees may become overgrown if not pruned. This can cause them to become too large for the space that they are in. They then may interfere with things like buildings, fences, other trees, and more. And not to mention the safety hazards that it poses. Dead or dying branches are at risk of falling at any given moment.

For more information on pruning and what it can do for your plants, please contact us at Metro Lawn Care today.

Top 3 Tree Pruning Mistakes to Avoid This Year

Tree pruning and maintenance on any commercial property can seem like a massive undertaking. But did you know that it is best to entrust professionals with this task? Even if you are only dealing with smaller trees at the moment, making a mistake now can have far-reaching consequences.

Top 3 Tree Pruning Mistakes to Avoid This Year

Common Tree Pruning Mistakes

Entrusting your company’s maintenance department with the pruning can result in a number of common mistakes.

  1. Cutting into the tree’s trunk. This mistake can open the door to insect damage and rot.
  2. Lion-tailing the crown. A shapely crown looks great on a larger tree. But cut the wrong branches, and you may end up with gaps in the tree’s canopy. If one of the trunks fails, you have a large open space that makes the entire tree look lopsided.
  3. Cutting too much. Did you know that it is best to prune only about 10 to 15 percent of a tree at any one time? If you cut more, the tree may go into shock. In some cases, it will not recover.

Enlisting the Help of Experts for Commercial Landscape Needs

There are additional pitfalls to avoid when it comes to pruning trees. They range from selecting the right window of opportunity for pruning to preventing the development of bush crowns. Experts in the field will help you keep your commercial property and its landscaping look neat, attractive, and inviting.

Services for trees include removal, trimming and pruning, pest diagnosis as well as treatment. Add this setup to your other landscape services. A complete package can significantly boost the curb appeal of malls, office building, and other venues. Contact us today to learn more.

5 Reasons to Schedule Tree Pruning in the Winter

As a business owner, you want your building to look its best every day and nothing is quite as important and long-lasting as proper tree care. For many business owners, tree pruning is one of those tasks that simply falls by the wayside, but at Metro Lawn Care, we know that nothing helps keep your trees looking their best like proper trimming and pruning. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no better time to prune your trees than winter. Here are a few reasons winter is the best time to trim back those limbs:

5 Reasons to Schedule Tree Pruning in the Winter

  • Trees Aren’t Actively Growing: For most species, winter is the dormant season, meaning the tree is not producing new growth. This means your arborist or landscaping company will be able to shape the tree to encourage proper growth during the spring without combating rapid new growth common during the warmer months.
  • Fewer Insects: When you prune a tree, the interior of the branch is exposed both to the elements and to insects. Since most insects are dormant during the winter months, there’s less risk of an infestation taking root in your tree.
  • Easier to See the Condition of the Tree: Without all the foliage and new growth spring brings, your landscaping team will be able to more accurately assess the needs of your trees. This makes the pruning more efficient and more effective, setting your landscaping up for a successful growing season when the weather warms up.
  • Gets Rid of Damaged Limbs: While the Dallas-Fort Worth area doesn’t often see snow, it does see some heavy winds and freezing rain during the winter. Pruning your trees gives your landscaping team a chance to get rid of damaged, cracked, or loose limbs, reducing the chance of a wayward limb falling on a parked car or injuring an employee.
  • Convenient: When spring settles in, you’ll have a lot of landscaping tasks that need to get taken care of to ensure a healthy growing season. By pruning in the winter, you’re checking one of those tasks off the proverbial to-do list. Best of all, the colder ground makes it easier to get cherry pickers, ladders, and other equipment to the tree without damaging the grass or trampling your flowerbeds.

Don’t put off your tree pruning until spring or summer. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and prepare your landscaping for a beautiful growing season.

Pruning Trees 101

Like people get their hair trimmed to help it grow and look better, trees need trimming to help them do the same. Here are some basics about commercial tree pruning to help you get started. Pruning Trees 101

Pruning Trees 101

Depending on the situation and what you want determines when the best time to prune a tree is. If you spot a damaged or diseased limb it will need to be removed immediately. This helps the tree by saving it from becoming completely infected or wasting resources on a dead limb.

For fruit and flowering trees, some pruning in the summer can benefit them. Removing small and unneeded branches allow more light in and ensure it will only grow strong branches that can support fruit.

For general pruning, most people say fall or early spring is best. In the fall you can see the bare branches so it is easier to pick which ones to clip away. Some people say pruning in the winter is best. Either way, the important part is that the tree isn’t in a state of growing. Come spring the tree won’t be putting effort into unneeded branches and will grow more vigorously.

When you’re ready to pick up the cutters there are a few things to look for. Branches that grow toward the center or cross other ones should be cut. If the top, or canopy, is dense, thining it can help improve the tree’s health. A pruned branch won’t grow from a cut so prune back to a junction or bud.

Depending on the size of your trees and how often they’ve been pruned, you may have a big job planned. For help on pruning your trees or more info, contact us.

Take advantage of Tree Pruning for your Business

Did you know tree pruning was so important? Call us and we’ll help you to take advantage of it for your place of business. Here are six tips to help you do so.

Take advantage of Tree Pruning for your Business

Tree Limbs

It doesn’t matter whether certain trees are ornamental or not; pruning low hanging or other unsightly limbs can help the tree grow thicker in that vicinity.

Thick Branches

Thicker trees can provide more of a barrier to blowing wind or rain.


Trees that have been pruned earlier will provide a larger quantity of colorful blooms at their proper time. This is due to the fact that there will be more limbs available.

Full Trees

Trees that have more branches, due to pruning, will produce more oxygen for us to breathe, so pruning actually allows each of us to do our part in being kind to the earth and the creatures in it. Trees that have been pruned just look better and well taken care of.

Damage to property such as buildings, vehicles or other things can be easily prevented with regularly scheduled pruning your trees. A very common example is the Bradford Pear tree. It does indeed look great as a landscaping ornamental tree, but it does possess at least one undesirable characteristic. It does tend to, when young, sprout a larger quantity of branches that branch off from the tree’s trunk directly. You may be thinking, wait a minute, I thought I just read that more branches are better. A problem exists when too many limbs originate from the trunk itself. It may not cause any issues when the limbs are young and short, but watch out! If these are left on their own to grow, the least strong gust of wind could send a limb splintering off the trunk!

To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us!

Why Tree Pruning is Essential Before Winter

If there is one lawn maintenance task that you might have been putting off at your place of business, it might be tree pruning. Pruning trees can seem simple in theory but can be a whole lot of work, and you might not even have the knowledge, experience or equipment to do it properly. Even though you might not be excited about pruning your trees, however, it is something that you may want to focus on before the winter season. Luckily, you can hire a reliable commercial landscaping company to assist you, such as Metro Lawn Care.

Why Tree Pruning is Essential Before Winter

Make Your Commercial Property Look Great

The condition of your trees can have a big impact on how your commercial property looks to people who visit or walk/drive by. Cleaning up your trees can make your property look a whole lot neater. Plus, pruned trees are better-prepared for holiday decorations, if you are planning on hanging them up this winter for a bit of seasonal cheer.

Prevent Damage to Your Trees

It’s generally not a good idea to prune your trees during the winter months when they can be more sensitive and prone to damage. Doing it now can help you protect your trees and help ensure that they grow back beautifully in the springtime.

Prevent Winter Damage

When it snows or when ice accumulates on your trees, unhealthy branches can be more likely to fail and fall from the weight. This can cause property damage, such as if the limbs hit a customer’s car or the top of your commercial building. Pruning your trees now can help prevent this type of damage from happening.

As you can see, it is a good idea to have your trees pruned before the winter season comes. For all of your professional commercial landscaping needs, including tree pruning and more, contact us at Metro Lawn Care today.