Supercharge Your Social Media With a New Link in Bio Page

Supercharge Your Social Media With a New Link in Bio Page


A .link domain name and Link in Bio page supercharges your social media by giving you a place to host all of your links.

Social media is a great place to build and connect with your audience while promoting your offerings. However, you don’t own your social profiles or traffic. Creating a Link in Bio page with w.link enables you to truly own your content and traffic while tailoring it to increase your engagement and conversion rates across all of your social channels.

You can also embed Paypal, Amazon stores, an e-commerce store, and other features that allow you to continue earning money.

As a creator, we know how much effort and time goes into finding the right audiences and perfecting your offering. We know you already manage multiple deadlines and channels, with increasing competition everywhere you look. We wanted to make it a lot easier for you to handle your operations while making sure you can link to all your available channels and revenue streams.

Set up your Link in Bio with ease

Once you’ve picked a URL at w.link, simply choose your design, upload your profile image, tweak your site info, and add your links. You’ll be launching your Link in Bio site within minutes!

Once you add your unique link to your social profiles, you’ll be able to monitor traffic and stats from your WordPress.com dashboard.

We don’t limit the number of links you can have, so any time you have a new product, offering, or site to share, you can swap out a link and we’ll preserve your old links and traffic. Alternatively, you can add as many new links as you need to your Link in Bio site.

A domain that comes with unparalleled performance

Link in Bio sites powered by w.link are optimized  for the best performance across web and mobile, with spectacular load times. We know social media is a 24/7 job, so our never-sleeping servers ensure that business goes on (even while you sleep!) and we can handle the traffic with ease when your content goes viral.

Helping content creators win

Get started today with a free .link domain with any paid plan, or for just $0.99 for a new .link domain registration. We’re committed to investing in creators! Win it with w.link!

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Say Hello to the New Jetpack Mobile App

Say Hello to the New Jetpack Mobile App


Put WordPress in your pocket with the new Jetpack mobile app.

As we settle into 2023, we’ve been thinking about ways to help you get the most out of your WordPress site throughout the year. That’s where the new Jetpack mobile app comes in! 

We know inspiration doesn’t wait for you to be sitting at your desk. It can strike anywhere. With the new Jetpack mobile app, you have the freedom to snap a photo to post while out on a walk, begin drafting your Bloganuary entry on your morning commute, or make tweaks to your content while on your lunch break.

Inspiration, we’re ready for you!

What’s more, the app brings the tools you need to manage and grow your site right to your fingertips: 

  • Understand how your content is performing and know what’s resonating with your audience using Stats and Insights.
  • Reply to comments on the go, see when your traffic is booming, and stay engaged with your audience with Notifications.
  • Discover new bloggers and catch up with your favorite sites using the Reader.

We’re constantly working on new ways to improve the Jetpack app and make it the best possible way to WordPress on the go. Daily blogging prompts to help spark different content ideas are an example of one recent feature we’re excited to continue iterating on. In addition, you can now use the app to log into WordPress.com on your computer simply by scanning a QR code.

Have ideas for features or improvements you’d like to see within the app? We’re all ears! Let us know in the comments below.


FAQ

What’s the difference between the WordPress and the Jetpack apps?

Your favorite Jetpack-powered features from the WordPress app – including Stats, Notifications, and the Reader – have a new home: the Jetpack app! These features will soon be removed from the WordPress app so that its focus will be on essential user and publishing tools. With the Jetpack app, you can expect the same attention to core features like managing and editing content, as well as next-level tools to grow your audience on a trusted platform.

How do I migrate my data and settings from the WordPress app to the Jetpack app?

If you have the latest version of the WordPress app installed, your data and settings will be automatically transferred to the Jetpack app. Data that will be transferred includes locally stored content, saved posts, and other in-app preferences.

Simply download the Jetpack app and you’ll be “auto-magically” logged in with all your content in place.

Is there an additional cost?

The Jetpack app is free to download and you can continue to use the same features that you enjoy with the WordPress app, at no additional cost.

Why are there two apps, and which should I use?

WordPress comes in more than one flavor and serves a diverse range of site administration needs. After listening to a lot of feedback around varying expectations, we settled on creating two options for you to WordPress on the go:

  1. The WordPress app will focus on WordPress’ core functionality. If you’re looking for the essential tools you need to publish on the go, with support for offline editing and the ability to upload media straight from your phone’s camera roll, then this may be the app for you.
  1. The Jetpack app is the premium mobile publishing experience for our super-connected world. With it, you’ll get all the essential tools that come with the WordPress app, plus a suite of features for growing your site. Track the performance of your content with Stats, get notified about comments and reactions with Notifications, and discover content and join communities with the Reader. Whether you’re new to publishing on the Internet or a seasoned veteran, have a WordPress site already or want to start a new one — download the Jetpack app today for a great set of tools to start or grow!

Either app is available for you to use. Once you’ve decided which app is best for you, please delete the other. Managing your site across both apps is currently unsupported and may lead to issues like data conflicts.

We’re excited to offer different apps to suit different needs and will be sharing further details over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Please feel welcome to comment on this post with any questions or feedback you may have.


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Introducing Blaze: A New Way to Ignite Your Growth on WordPress.com


Introducing Blaze: A New Way to Ignite Your Growth on WordPress.com

Introducing Blaze. Turn your site content into clean, compelling ads that run across millions of sites on WordPress.com and Tumblr.

At WordPress.com we’re always looking for ways to make building and running your web site simpler and more impactful (and more fun!).

One of the biggest challenges for any site owner is finding your readers, fans, customers, or subscribers. Until now, promoting your WordPress.com web site required multiple tools, online accounts, professional design and marketing skills, and – yes – lots of money.

That’s why we’re excited to announce Blaze, a new tool allowing anyone with a WordPress blog to advertise on WordPress.com and Tumblr in just a few clicks. How? By turning your site content into clean, compelling ads that run across our millions-strong network of blogs.

How Blaze works

If your website is hosted on WordPress.com, then head to wordpress.com/advertising and select your website — you’ll see a list of recent posts and pages you can promote. If your WordPress site isn’t hosted on WordPress.com, you can take advantage of Blaze through the Jetpack plugin.

Alternatively, when viewing the post or page list in your WordPress.com dashboard, click the ellipses (three dots) next to any individual post/page to bring up a new menu, then click “Promote with Blaze.”

Now you’ll be in the Blaze Campaign Wizard.

Step 1: Design your ad. The wizard automatically formats your content into a beautiful ad, but you can adjust the image and text however you like.

Step 2: Select your audience. Want to target the whole world? Only people in certain areas? Folks who are reading content about a specific category, like movies or sports? As you adjust these settings, you’ll see our estimate of how many people you’ll reach.

Step 3: Select your dates and set your budget. Run your ad for up to 28 days. As you update your budget and dates, we’ll tell you how many more people you’ll reach.

Step 4: Finish and pay. We may offer the lowest ad prices in the industry, but we also protect your content with a system backed by Verity and Grapeshot. So rest easy knowing that your ads will only show up where they’re supposed to — and nowhere you’d feel strange about.

Once your ad is running, you can check how it’s doing in the “Campaigns” tab of the advertising page.

Our campaigns are billed weekly based on how many times your ad is shown, so you’ll only ever pay for what you signed up for. As always, you can find even more details about this tool on our support page.

This feature is currently only available to users with “English” set as their primary language, but we’re working hard on bringing it to other languages as well.

Let us know what you think about Blaze!

We’re excited to launch this powerful new feature, and we’re eager to get feedback. If you have any questions about it, challenges while using it, or ideas to make it better, please share them with our team. We’ll make sure a real person reads through all of the feedback, and we’ll be working tirelessly to make sure that this tool is something valuable for you.


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The Right Way to Prepare to Become a Tree Surgeon

The Right Way to Prepare to Become a Tree Surgeon


A tree surgeon’s job includes a variety of duties and tasks. It also entails a great deal of hard work. This is why it’s important to know the right way to prepare to become a successful tree surgeon.

Qualifications

Tree surgeons play an important role in protecting people and property by preventing the damage caused by trees. They may carry out tasks such as pruning, cutting down, planting, and assessing the health of trees. It is essential for tree surgeons to have the right qualifications and certifications.

A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for a tree surgeon. However, some employers may require specific academic qualifications. Alternatively, a college course or an apprenticeship can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need.

If you don’t have the educational qualifications needed to become a tree surgeon, you can still enter the field. You may need to apply for technical experience before attempting to become a professional tree surgeon. Some horticultural groups and charities offer this kind of work-based training, and you can also learn about the industry by joining a professional body such as the Royal Forestry Society or The Tree Council.

Duties

The duties of a tree surgeon are vast and complex. They include performing surgeries and pruning, removing branches and stumps, and replanting the trees. In addition, they need to ensure the safety of the other trees.

Tree surgeons perform these tasks using power tools. These are used to remove obstructive branches and diseased limbs.

Other duties include making on-site quotes, grinding stumps, and cleaning up the site. They also provide advice on proper tree care and maintenance.

Tree surgery requires a lot of expertise and is one of the most dangerous occupations. It requires a high level of physical fitness and an understanding of tree growth and diseases. This is especially true when working from heights.

Tree surgeons are required to maintain the health of trees by inspecting the bark for rot, identifying abnormal colors, and checking the roots for disease. The most common reasons for trees to become diseased are excess shading, damaged roots, and pest attacks.

Work hours

Tree surgeons are professionals who are responsible for maintaining the health of trees. They are also responsible for removing trees in areas where there is a danger to people or property. As such, they must have a high degree of physical fitness.

The work of a tree surgeon can be challenging. This is because the job involves physical work and requires heavy equipment. In addition, the role can take place in many different locations. For example, the tree surgeon may be required to travel between sites.

Before you start the job, you must have a full clean driving license. You also need to have appropriate insurance. Depending on your location, you may be able to get additional training.

Typically, tree surgeons wear protective clothing such as hard hats and safety glasses. They also use a variety of tools, including chainsaws, stump grinders and pruning saws.

Salary

If you are interested in tree care, becoming a tree surgeon can be a great career option. A tree surgeon can work for small or large businesses, and can travel across the country or globe.

A tree surgeon may also decide to operate his own company. The average salary for a tree surgeon in the United States is $48,665. However, there are many factors that will determine the salary you receive.

Some things to consider are the location of your job, the amount of experience you have, and whether you have a degree or other academic qualifications. Also, your work hours will vary depending on the season.

It is important to keep in mind that you will be required to perform a number of different tasks, including pruning, trimming, planting, and hazard assessments. Additionally, you might have to deal with dead or dying branches, hazardous conditions, and diseased trees. In addition, you might have to liaise with clients, contractors, and other external stakeholders.

Career advancement

Tree surgeons are responsible for a variety of activities, including hazard assessments, pruning branches, removing vegetation and planting trees. The work requires manual handling, heavy machinery and a high level of fitness.

There are many different ways to get into the profession. One common way is through an apprenticeship. This allows you to gain experience and skills while you work with experienced tree surgeons. On the job training is also available. However, it takes a while to become fully qualified. You can also learn through volunteering.

Another good route is to apply for related jobs. Some employers may require specific qualifications, while others allow you to use your existing academic or professional qualifications. It’s important to make sure you are aware of the requirements for the position.

Hot Off the Press: New WordPress.com Themes for January 2023


Hot Off the Press: New WordPress.com Themes for January 2023

Five beautiful new WordPress.com themes, including our new default theme, Twenty Twenty-Three.

The WordPress.com team is always working on new design ideas to bring your website to life. Below you’ll find the four newest themes that we’ve added to our library, with beautiful options for food-based businesses, podcasts, and bloggers.

To install any of the below themes, click the the name of the theme you like, which brings you right to the installation page. Then simply click the “Activate this design” button. You can also click “Open live demo,” which brings up a clickable, scrollable version of the theme for you to preview.

Premium themes are free to use for any user on a Premium plan or above, or can be purchased individually by those with free sites or Personal plans.

You can explore all of our themes by navigating to the “Themes” page, which is found under “Appearance” in the left-side menu of your WordPress.com dashboard. Or, just click here:


Twenty Twenty-Three is designed to take advantage of the new design tools introduced in WordPress 6.1.

With a clean, blank base as a starting point, this default theme includes ten diverse style variations created by members of the WordPress community.

Whether you want to build a complex or incredibly simple website, you can do it quickly and intuitively through the bundled styles or dive into creation and full customization yourself.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Tazza puts the spotlight on your products and your customers. This theme leverages Woo Commerce to provide you with intuitive product navigation and the patterns you need to master digital merchandising.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Calyx is a minimalist theme designed for single-page websites. Featuring a coming-soon pattern on the homepage, Calyx is a perfect choice to spread the word about the upcoming opening of a cafe, restaurant, or bar.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Muscat is a simple blogging theme with grid post templates and a centered post layout. Its geometric sans-serif typography contributes to a delightful, comfortable, and modern reading experience.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Loudness is a bold opinionated theme created with music education in mind. Use Site Editor tooling and relevant patterns to create a unique experience.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Stay tuned for more updates about new themes, patterns, blocks, and other exciting product updates! And be sure to click below to take a look at the entire showcase of themes we offer:


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What You Should Know About Being a Tree Surgeon

What You Should Know About Being a Tree Surgeon


Whether you are considering getting a job as a tree surgeon or you already have one, there are some things that you should know. For example, you will need a set of qualifications to get a job and you will need to be willing to travel. Also, you may want to consider some of the costs associated with being a tree surgeon.

Qualifications required

Tree surgeons perform a variety of tasks, including pruning, felling and planting trees. They are also responsible for identifying and reducing the spread of tree diseases. Many tree surgeons choose to work independently, while others work for large organisations.

Tree surgeons need to keep up to date with the latest health and safety regulations. This involves regularly updating their knowledge, as well as ensuring they follow company policies and procedures.

A number of courses offer training in this field. These may include higher national diplomas, certificates and even bachelor’s degrees. The training programs are designed to teach people about the various aspects of tree care.

Tree work is physically demanding. Tree surgeons need to be able to climb trees and safely perform operations at height. Additionally, some jobs require them to operate heavy equipment.

Tree surgeons are often required to travel to different locations. Some of these areas can be difficult to access.

Work environment

The job of a tree surgeon may not sound so appealing to a layman, but the field offers a wide range of opportunities. Tree care specialists can help to conserve the environment by improving the health and appearance of trees. If you have a knack for climbing, pruning, and diagnosing tree health issues, you could be on the way to a rewarding career.

For starters, tree surgeons earn a higher-than-average salary. This is partly due to their extensive training. Most tree surgeons have a bachelor’s degree in some form, but a few will have just a high school diploma. Besides, there are apprenticeship programs and technical schooling options.

A good tree surgeon is also an adept operator of heavy equipment such as chain saws and loppers. They also have to wear the right safety gear and dress appropriately for the job. Other duties include stump grinding and the occasional tree removal.

In addition, tree surgeons have to deal with hazardous conditions such as falling branches. To avoid getting hurt, they should wear bright colors and protective gear.

Costs of tree care

If you are considering hiring a tree surgeon to handle the trimming and removal of your trees, you have a lot to consider. Trees can be dangerous, and require extra attention. Having a professional perform the job will ensure safety and accuracy.

You will need to do some research and gather quotes before choosing a company. You should make sure the company has the proper insurance, certifications, and skills. Also, you should be wary of a low cost company. These firms may not have the proper tools or skills, and they can be responsible for damaging your property.

Large trees, such as oaks, will need special equipment and resources to trim and remove them. They will also take longer to do so. The average cost for removing a mature oak is $700 to $1,300.

Smaller trees will be less expensive. Trees that are 25 feet tall or less will cost about $150 to $400.

Travel

Tree work is a physically demanding job that involves heavy equipment and manual handling. If you are interested in this type of job, it is important to ensure that you are fit. Many health benefits come from a good level of physical activity.

While working as a tree surgeon, you will probably be called out for emergencies at times. For this reason, you may be required to travel to different locations on a regular basis. As a result, you will need to have a clean driving licence and a towing license.

A tree surgeon can work for several types of clients, including residential and commercial clients. There are also some positions for self-employed tree surgeons. These could include consultancy positions. Self-employed tree surgeons can run their own business, but it is not uncommon for them to be called out to work on a full-time basis. The average job start time for a full-time tree surgeon is usually around six o’clock in the morning, but they are often called out to work on weekends or holidays.

How to Find a Reputable Tree Service


Whenever you need to hire a tree service company for a job, make sure that you choose a reputable one that will do the work at the right price. It’s also important to make sure that you have a list of references for the firm. This will help you to find out how the service was done and if it’s worth paying for. Also, if you don’t have a contractor that you can trust, you can call an emergency tree service to come to your home.

Pruning

Pruning is one of the most important maintenance methods to keep a tree healthy. Not only does it preserve a tree’s health, it also helps promote the growth of the plant.

Proper pruning can give a tree a professional look. It can also help prevent pests and diseases from spreading. In addition, trees with proper pruning can boost fruit production.

Trees should be pruned annually. Generally, summer-flowering trees should be pruned in the winter, while fruit trees should be pruned in the spring.

The purpose of pruning is to encourage the growth of the tree, while removing diseased or dead branches. Also, it can keep the tree safe from falling branches, power lines, and other hazards.

Trimming

Tree trimming is a key part of maintaining a tree’s health. The process includes pruning, removing dead or overgrown branches, and reshaping the tree. It helps preserve the tree’s overall health and shape, and is essential in preventing disease from spreading.

If your tree is encroaching on your property, or is too big for you to handle on your own, you may need to hire a professional for the job. Some trees require additional services such as root pruning or pest spraying.

There are a few factors that determine the cost of trimming. Location, season, and pests can all affect the price. For instance, if the crew has to climb the tree to perform the task, the cost will go up. However, if they can reach the tree from a truck, it will be less expensive.

Stump grinding

Stump grinding is the process of cutting a tree stump into small pieces. This process can be done on your own, or with a professional. If you choose to grind your own stumps, you can use a variety of tools to do the job.

Stump grinding is a useful method to remove a tree stump. You can leave the stump as is for aesthetic purposes, or you can give it a protective coating to protect it from the elements. Some companies offer sodding services after the stump is ground down. The process will also fill in the hole left behind.

Root removal

Whether you’re replacing a tree in your backyard or you need to clear a spot for a new one, you need to think about how you’ll remove the tree’s root system. A professional tree service can help you make the right decision. The process involves clearing out the stump, digging out the roots, and restoring the soil’s acidity.

You’ll need a specialized tree root removal tool, such as a chainsaw or stump grinder. Depending on the size of the tree, you may need to call a professional arborist to get the job done.

Getting rid of a stump is the least expensive way to get rid of the tree’s root system. However, if you’re dealing with a tree that has been dead for a while, it’s easier to go ahead and take it down yourself.

Emergency tree services

When you experience a sudden and unexpected fall of a tree, you may need emergency tree services to clean up the site and reduce the risk of further damage. Depending on the circumstances, you might need to hire an emergency tree service to remove the tree and cut off the power lines.

If your tree is sick, has uneven foliage or leaves, or if there are signs of ants or fungus on it, you should contact a certified arborist. They can help you identify the problem and can also help you prevent future problems.

A dead or dying tree can injure your family or cause property damage. These hazards can be prevented if you have regular tree care. Your ISA certified arborist can do a thorough inspection and make sure your tree is healthy.

Avoid door-to-door contractors

If you’re in the midst of rebuilding after a disaster, you’ll want to be wary of any door-to-door contractors. These are often scam artists looking to make a quick buck. They’ll use scarcity to their advantage.

Scammers often target seniors, disabled people, and property owners who do their own landscaping. Those in need of a bit of help should look for local companies.

The BBB has a tool to help you find a reputable contractor. You should also check with your local government agencies to see if the company is licensed.

A reputable tree service should have a few key components: a permit, good insurance, and a reasonable rate. For a big job, it’s always a good idea to get more than one bid.

Choosing a Tree Lopper

Choosing a Tree Lopper


When it comes to your garden or lawn care, a tree lopper can be an invaluable tool. It helps you to cut branches and twigs and can be used for a variety of other tasks. There are several styles to choose from, including anvil, ratchet and bypass, and you’ll be able to find the one that’s right for you.

Anvil-style

Anvil-style tree loppers are ideal for clearing dead or dying branches. They are able to handle tougher material, like branches with woody fibers. However, they may not always produce a clean cut.

If you have trouble making clean cuts, you should consider using bypass pruning loppers. These tools are a bit more delicate on live growth, but they make a much cleaner cut.

In addition to a cutting blade, these loppers have a compound-action hinge that can add a lot of force to the cut. The blade is often coated with rust-resistant titanium or PTFE to protect it from the elements.

These cutters come with ergonomic grips that allow you to exert a lot of pressure while maintaining your comfortable arm position. Some models also include shock absorbers to ensure your wrists and arms are protected during rigorous landscaping tasks.

Ratchet-style

Ratchet-style tree loppers provide a combination of leverage and force. They are safe and easy to use, but they need to be used in a safe environment. Also, these loppers should be cleaned regularly to prevent rust from forming.

Choosing the right lopper depends on the size of your tree and the size of your branch. For example, if you want to cut branches that are less than an inch in diameter, you’ll want to choose a one-handed model. On the other hand, if you have thicker branches, you’ll need a stronger lopper.

The blades of ratchet-style loppers are made from carbon steel. This makes them more durable, but they tend to rust more easily than stainless steel.

If you plan to use your tree lopper on a regular basis, you should consider choosing a product that is made from PTFE-coated blades. These blades are non-stick and reduce friction during cutting. They also resist dulling, so they’ll stay sharp for longer.

Bypass

Loppers are long pruning tools with a long handle and sharp blades. They are designed to cut and prune branches that are larger than pruning shears. Loppers can also be used to trim and shape trees.

Loppers are typically made of steel, alloy steel, or stainless steel. Carbon-hardened steel is best. It is less expensive and easier to sharpen.

Some bypass loppers have telescoping handles, which allow you to make a lot of length adjustment. Other models come with ergonomic grips to prevent hand fatigue. These are especially useful for gardeners with arthritis or weak grip strength.

If you have a hard time cutting thick stems, you may consider a ratcheting cutter. Ratcheting cutters have the most cutting power, and they are particularly effective on thick stems.

Safety

If you’re involved in the process of tree trimming, you’ll want to make sure you take proper safety precautions. There are a variety of hazards you may face and they can be serious.

The first thing to do is to make sure that you have the right tools for your job. You’ll need a ladder, a logging axe, and safety harnesses. Make sure the tools are in good working condition and that you have adequate training for them.

Another safety measure is to use a safety guide. This will help you protect yourself and others. It can also be useful for improving efficiency.

If you’re using a chainsaw, wear gloves to prevent cuts and keep your hands from slipping. In addition, wear a helmet to protect your head from falling limbs.

Welcome Gumroad Merchants: An Easy Path Over to WordPress.com

Welcome Gumroad Merchants: An Easy Path Over to WordPress.com


If the recent Gumroad price change announcement has you considering a migration from Gumroad to WooCommerce, we’re here to welcome you with open arms. Changing eCommerce platforms may seem like a big hurdle to overcome, but we have an expert team in place to help you migrate your Gumroad store to the WordPress.com eCommerce Plan with WooCommerce.

With lower fees and transparent pricing, you’ll improve your margins and expand your earning potential. 

We’ve also created a tailored migration guide to walk merchants through importing from Gumroad to WooCommerce. This step-by-step process requires no technical expertise and will enable you to seamlessly transition your store.

When the import is complete, you’ll have a ready-to-go site with your content preloaded. Your customers will never know the difference. 

If you’re looking to get help moving from Gumroad, reach out now.


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The Benefits of Hiring Tree Pruning Professionals

The Benefits of Hiring Tree Pruning Professionals


When it comes to pruning your trees, you can’t really go wrong with using the services of the best tree pruning professionals. They’re able to perform the kind of pruning that you need at the right time, which is crucial to keeping your trees healthy and strong. Plus, they can make sure that they’re able to keep your home safe and protected from any type of damage that might come from a tree fall.

Performing the right kind of pruning at the right time

The purpose of pruning a tree is to improve the overall health of the plant. This includes removal of dead, diseased and damaged branches and limbs, as well as pruning branches and other parts of the plant to maintain its shape and appearance.

Proper pruning is a scientific approach to pruning that is based on the scientific principles of plant physiology. The right kind of pruning can increase a tree’s flower production, fruit production and other attributes.

The best time to prune a tree is during the dormancy of late winter through early spring. This is also the ideal time to remove dead and diseased wood.

During dormancy, diseases are less active and insects are fewer. However, this is not the only time when plants are dormant.

The right time to prune is determined by the type of plant, the growth pattern and the time of year. Aside from the obvious, some other factors to consider include the weather, the climate and the overall health of the plant.

Protecting your home from damage

The first and best way to protect your home is to prevent tree damage from happening in the first place. By pruning the right trees you can minimize or even eliminate your risk of falling branches and other tree related disasters. Similarly, hiring an expert tree service is a smart move. A professional can assess your trees, determine the most effective approach and ensure your trees survive.

Aside from providing shade and a bit of curb appeal, they can also provide a useful function. One is that they can add some much needed privacy. Similarly, they can reduce the overall temperature in the area and even improve your property value.

If you have a large tree near your house, the biggest risk is having a fallen branch strike your roof. If a wind storm hits, you could end up with a massive bill for the repair. Aside from that, damaged trees can cause major damage to your home’s structure.

Preventing insect pests

Insect pests are a major factor in reducing the health of a tree. Some insects can cause stunting, dieback and even death of a tree. The best way to protect your tree is to keep an eye out for signs of infestation.

When your tree has a large infestation, you can expect to see yellowing of the leaves, wilting, and disruption of the new growth. The root system may also be affected. Some insects are resistant to chemical treatments, but there are still some types that can be difficult to control.

Long-horned beetles are particularly damaging to stressed trees. They feed on older needles and weaken the tree. You can reduce their population by cutting down dead limbs. If you live in an area where long-horned beetles are a problem, you can also hire a tree care company to help.

The larvae of this tree insect are cream-colored, legless and create deep feeding tunnels under the bark. Their feeding can cause branch dieback and yellowing of the foliage.