Properly Pruning Trees and What to Consider - Arbor Safe

Properly Pruning Trees and What to Consider - Arbor Safe

Properly pruning your trees is not just about aesthetics, its also about keeping you safe and the tree healthy. Hacking branches off a tree without considering the health of the tree can be disastrous.

Why should I prune my trees?
Pruning trees is good for the health of the trees and your property. Naturally a tree will shed malnourished or diseased limbs but falling branches can be dangerous and it can cause other issues when tree limbs fall in your yard. Preemptively removing branches helps to keep the tree healthy and prevent the branch from falling and injuring someone. Pruning can keep a tree looking better as well. By pruning you can create a more symmetrical look.

Evergreen vs Deciduous
Pruning needs will change based on what type of tree it is. Evergreen and deciduous trees have different needs and pruning techniques.

Deciduous trees are typically pruned from the bottom up. Deciduous trees should be pruned in late winter to allow them to grow and produce leaves in spring and summer. But if the tree matter is frozen you should avoid pruning. It can cause cracks and breaks in the wood which can create undesirable wounds.

Evergreen trees don’t grow much in the summer so pruning in early spring allows for the healthiest growth throughout the year. An evergreen should never be pruned to the inactive center.

Proper tools are also important when pruning. The right tools will create sharp clean cuts which allow the tree to heal effectively. The tools should be disinfected if you are removing diseased limbs to prevent the disease from spreading.

Some essential tools-

  • Scissor-action lopping shears
  • Scissor-action pruning shears
  • Pruning saws
  • Hedge shears

When should I call a professional-
Pruning a tree is a lot of work and there are a lot of ways it can go wrong. If you are working on large branches, high branches or particularly dangerous branches it may be best to call a professional. If the branch is hanging over your roof, shed, or patio calling a professional is a good choice. Professionals know how to handle tree pruning to keep the tree, themselves and your personal properly safe.

Tree pruning is a important task to take on and has its own risks. A professional tree trimmer is a great way to ensure your tree will be healthy and look great.

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