Will your tree survive if you don't have it trimmed for a few years? Probably. However, this does not mean that letting your trees go a few years between trimming sessions is best or even a good choice. You want your trees to thrive, not just survive, right? In that case, you really are better off having them trimmed every year, if possible. The following are some key advantages of this annual trimming approach.
Your trimmers don't need to do as much.
If you wait a few years between tree trimmings, your trimmers will have a lot of growth to remove when they do come out. This can add to the scope and cost of the job. The trimmers may have to be there for several days instead of a single afternoon. Having your trees trimmed annually typically costs less and definitely makes things easier on the trimmers.
Your trees will go through less shock.
While it is good for trees' long-term health to be trimmed, removing too many of their branches at once can be a shock to the system. They may struggle to produce enough new leaves to capture enough sunlight to meet their food needs. As such, it is much easier on trees to have a few branches removed each year than to have tons of branches removed every four or five years. Your trees will remain more vibrant with once-a-year trimming sessions.
Your trimmer will notice any signs of disease.
Tree diseases can take a tree's life rather quickly. Sometimes if you diagnose a tree disease fairly early, it can be remedied with fungicides, and the tree will survive. If you have your tree trimmed yearly, the trimmer is likely to catch any diseases earlier when treatment is more effective. Wait too long between trimming sessions, and the tree may be too far gone to save once it is diagnosed.
There won't be as much to dispose of.
Some tree trimming companies take all of the waste and cut-off branches with them. Others leave the branches behind. If your company leaves the branches behind, then you definitely want to have them come out yearly. The smaller pile of sticks will be so much easier to dispose of than a huge one.
Although trees don't need annual trimming sessions to survive, yearly trimming is still ideal in many cases. Get a quote from a local tree care service, and go from there.