There are acronyms for almost everything. You probably remember learning the acronym PEMDAS when doing math and the acronym ROY G. BIV to help name the colors of the rainbow. It's about time there was an acronym to help you determine if your tree needs trimming - and now there is.
Just remember the acronym BOPID, and you'll know when you need to call your tree trimming company. Here's a look at what each letter in BOPID stands for.
B: Broken Branches
After every thunderstorm and wind storm, take a close look at your trees. If there are any large, broken limbs, these present a danger to you and your home. The limb could fall and hurt someone, and the open wound left in the tree may also attract insects that could infect the tree with fungal disease. Broken tree limbs are especially common in the spring after heavy snow loads and spring storms have stressed your trees.
If your tree has numerous broken branches or a large, broken limb, have a professional come trim the tree. In some cases, your tree care service may even be able to save a broken limb using a technique called cabling, which anchors the branch and allows it to heal with less risk of falling.
In general, trees should be trimmed every three years to encourage even growth and an attractive shape. You can't always see all of the higher and inner branches to tell if they are broken or diseased, but your tree trimming expert can access these branches and remove them if needed. If it has been more than three years since you last trimmed your tree, it is overdue - so you should have it trimmed ASAP.
P: Poor Shape
Another sign that your tree needs trimming is that it's developing an undesirable shape. This is especially a concern with younger trees since early trimming and training are needed to encourage a healthy, attractive shape as they grow larger. If your tree seems to be leaning to one side, has branches that cross over each other, or has branches that are bending and touching the ground, this indicates a need for trimming.
Sometimes, a tree trimming expert won't be able to correct the shape of your tree in just one appointment. Removing too many branches at once can impede the tree's growth. Instead, they will slowly train the tree and amend its shape over a series of trimming appointments.
I: Interference With Structures
Is your tree overhanging your roof or interfering with power lines? Even if it is not quite touching a power line or structure yet, growing too close to the structure is dangerous since a strong wind could blow a branch into that structure or line. Many people assume their homeowners insurance will cover damage caused by tree branches, but if you were aware that the branch presented a risk and did not have it trimmed back, your claim may be denied.
Always have interfering trees trimmed back sooner rather than later. If the interfering limb is a big portion of the tree, you may just want to have the entire tree removed.
D: Disease Symptoms
There are numerous tree diseases, and fungi cause most of them. If you have the diseased branches trimmed away, you can often prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the tree. So call your tree care company if you notice any of the following signs of disease in your tree:
- Dry, curling leaves
- Spots on the leaves
- Mold or fungal mats on the branches
- Cankers or wounds on the branches or trunk
Now you can add the acronym BOPID to your arsenal of memory tools. If you're looking for a reliable tree care company in the Anderson area, contact Seasoned Tree Care. We offer trimming, tree removal, land clearing, and more.