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Maintaining your tree can extend its life by 20 years

When it comes to yearly maintenance around your home and property, you probably think about the typical spring cleaning items and the winterizing to-dos in the fall.

There’s one thing you may be neglecting in your backyard; your trees.

Just like any other part of your property, trees require regular maintenance and care to last longer and not become a hazard. A healthy tree is a happy tree. And just like any living thing, trees need care.

For the last eight years, Rayzor Edge Tree Service has focused on keeping trees healthy and happy across Waterloo Region.

They provide complete tree care, from tree pruning and trimming to tree removal and stump grinding.

Ray Bowman is the founder and owner and explains that with a little proactive care, trees can last upwards of an extra 20 years with proper maintenance.

“If you prune a tree properly throughout its lifespan, you’re easily going to get an extra 20 years out of that tree, versus if you never pruned that tree at all,” Bowman said.

“With a tree that’s never been pruned, there’s a high likelihood of catastrophic failure. Whereas a tree that’s been pruned all its life, it won’t fall over from something unexpected. Having a tree pruning plan gives you peace of mind, knowing that your tree is safe.”

Out in the forest, trees don’t have the cushy life they do out in the open on pieces of property, where they’re unfettered to grow as large as they need to be. That’s why trees in residential areas often grow so big and how they can become “overweight”, as Bowman explains.

“They’re sunned 360 degrees and they can grow in any direction they want to,” Bowman said. “A lot of trees get a little carried away and essentially become too overweight. They grow too many branches and they grow more branches than they can support, and that makes them vulnerable.”

For regular or mature trees, Rayzor Edge Tree Service recommends homeowners have their trees checked every five to seven years. If they notice dead branches in the tree’s canopy, that’s a telltale sign the tree needs to be trimmed or pruned.

With regular tree care, not only will trees live longer, but removing dead branches will help the tree look a lot better and the tree will be healthier.

Plus, in most cases, trimming or pruning a tree costs much less than complete tree removal.

Most homeowners are surprised when an arborist like Rayzor Edge Tree service arrives to perform an assessment, presents a few options, and lets the customer know their tree can be saved.

“People are scared of the tree and think they have to remove it,” Bowman said. “People don’t want to remove a tree because they hate the tree. For the most part, trees are removed out of fear rather than not liking the tree.”

When left to grow unkept, trees can become a liability. If someone has an overgrown tree on their property, they might automatically assume the tree needs to be chopped down, but that’s often not the case. Pruning and trimming your trees can make them less susceptible to damage.

From tree pruning to tree care, to tree and stump removal, to hedge trimming and tree bracing, Razyor Edge Tree Service provides a wide range of tree services.

A little regular maintenance can go a long way to saving your tree, and saving you some money in the long run as well.

Get started with a no obligation quote from Rayzor Edge Tree Service at

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