My mango trees have gotten too big for my small yard. It’s very difficult to reach the fruit on the tops of the trees and too many limbs are hanging over the pool, dropping more leaf debris in the water than my pool vacuum can handle. There are also limbs in the electrical wires. Since the fruiting season is over, it’s the perfect time to tame the trees’ exuberance. Arborist Bob Brennan and Master Arborist Sebastian Koerber came over this weekend to discuss the strategy of how to smartly bring down the canopy just enough to work toward the goal of making the trees produce fruit lower, but not cut too much that the trees give no mango next summer or they look ugly. It’s going to be a multi-year project since not more than a third of the tree canopy should be cut at a time.
I had my regular gardener trim the largest tree last year, but it really wasn’t done properly. I can still see some of the jagged, split limbs he cut from a year ago. So this time I’m bringing in the Big Guns to do the work. Certified arborists have to pass a comprehensive exam developed by some of the leading tree-care experts, work a minimum of 3 years full-time in the professional and continue their education to maintain their certification. The program is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Tomorrow is tree-trimming day; the Gunslingers are coming over!
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