Most climbers will tell you that honey locusts are one of their least favorite trees to prune, remove, and clean up. Their strong and durable wood reacts like a whip when put under tension, where most other trees would simply snap and break off, allowing you to better access a specific spot in the canopy. I actually heard that Native Americans used honey locust wood because of its malleability; however, I have not taken the time to fact check to verify that claim. Along with its strong elasticity, its bark is very rough and rigid. With one small slip, you could find your skin meeting the bark and find yourself welcoming a new fresh organic tattoo no thanks to the honey locust tree. And if you’re a ground guy, well, there’s no picnic there either. Trying to stage these branches in tight spaces just ain’t going to happen, because they become intermingled within one another and instead of trying to face all the butt ends towards the chipper you find yourself just scooping handfuls of piles to shove in the chipper’s mouth.
I could go on a bit more but at this point, but I feel it’s necessary to pump the brakes and look on the bright side of things, especially if you’re a homeowner. If you own a home or you just bought one and it has a honey locust tree, all ye rejoice in all its amazing benefits and splendor.
Because of the improved varieties and the fast-growing nature of the hardy thornless honey locust tree, many cities and suburbs have jumped all over their reputation to create shade quickly without sacrificing structural stability.
That’s right, they fix nitrogen into the soil. This basically means that if you like to plant flowers and other small perennial shrubs around your honey locust tree, they will thrive better because nitrogen is a major molecule in chlorophyll, and chlorophyll gives plants their green color and is involved in helping them produce food.
Their edible pods and seeds make their canopy ripe for all kinds of activity whether it be birds, rabbits, or even deer. This tree attracts all kinds of wildlife, which makes it very appealing if you are a homeowner.
Take Care Of Your Honey Locust!
These are just a few of the many ways in which these trees improve all of our lives as we do what we can in preserving our urban ecosystem through safe and environmentally friendly practices. As always, thanks for stopping by, and contact us when you need tree trimming experts in the Boise area.