The Whys, Whens and Hows of Tree Pruning

Tree PruningThere’s more to pruning than what you think you know. Regular pruning helps maintain your trees’ attractiveness and keeps them strong. Although you are probably aware of the advantages of pruning, you also probably sometimes shudder at the task. After all, who enjoys going through tangles of twisted branches and twigs?

Trees need pruning for various reasons. Failure to follow regular pruning routines entails serious consequences such as the following:

Obstructed views
Bark and branch defects
Development of low limbs
Formation of co-dominant stems
Potential injuries due to falling trees

Once you decide on pruning your trees, your next decision is whether to do the job on your own or hire professionals like Whatever your choice is, it’s important to maintain regular pruning due to numerous reasons.

Why prune your trees?

Regular tree pruning comes with numerous benefits for us and our trees.

When we prune our trees, we remove dead and damaged branches. This prevents decaying organisms and insects from inflicting harm on the tree. Pruning also removes water sprouts and suckers, which eliminates weak spots and also provides more nutrients.

Correct pruning procedures also prevent safety hazards. Pruning prevents destroyed branches and growth from blocking sidewalks.

When should you prune your trees?

The best time to prune is during dormant season, winter or late fall. Pruning during dormant season minimizes tree stress and sap loss. It also decreases the chance of fungus development and insect infestation. It also results in vigorous tree growth during the spring season.

Summer pruning focuses on slowing the development of unwanted branches. This reduces total leaf surface, reducing the amount of food sent to the roots. Summer pruning is also encouraged for corrective purposes.

How can you prune?

Large trees aside, there are pruning jobs you can do yourself. To prevent stem and bark wood tearing, here’s what you can do:

Cut a small-wedged shape on the underside branch near the stem collar. This breaks the bark at that point and prevents tears.

Farther along the branch, starting at the top, cut all the way through the branch.

Make a third cut parallel on the branch side of the stem collar and reduce the length of the stub.

Love your trees by making pruning a habit. Not only do you take care of your surroundings, you also promote safety around you.