Trimming and pruning trees is beneficial for several reasons: it removes diseased and dead branches, promoting better health and longevity for the tree; it removes potentially dangerous branches that could fall and cause injury; and it improves the overall appearance and aesthetics of the tree.
Prune During Dormancy
A good rule of thumb is to only prune a tree when it’s dormant. This reduces stress while preserving the tree’s health. If a tree becomes dormant during fall and winter, you should prune it during these months and not the spring or summer. Or if the tree becomes dormant in summer, you should prune it during the summer.
Prune ‘Young’ Branches
It’s recommended that you prune young branches that just recently emerged and not old, aged branches. Removing these branches will cause less stress to the tree. Furthermore, you’ll find they are thinner and easier to remove than older branches.
Clean Pruning Shears Beforehand
Before pruning a tree, pour a small amount of rubber alcohol over your shears. Doing so kills germs while ensuring your shears are clean and pathogen-free. Failure to clean your shears beforehand could result in disease-causing germs reaching exposed areas of your tree – and that’s never a good thing.
Less is More
When pruning a tree, it’s a good idea to follow the mantra “less is more.” In other words, don’t go pruning away half of your tree’s branches/canopy. Excessive pruning can send trees into shock, causing their growth to slow while making them more susceptible to disease in the process. If you start small, however, you can prune away a few branches at a time without causing severe stress and shock to the tree.
Cut at an Angle
Don’t make the mistake of cutting the branch straight, as this further stresses the tree. Instead, you should cut outside of the branch bark at a 90-degree angle for maximum effectiveness. This protects the branch collar from injury, promoting a faster healing time for the tree.
Seek Professional Help
If you’re worried about injuring your tree, you can always seek professional help. The Woodsman Tree Care Company will gladly prune and perform other work on trees for you.
These are just a few tips to follow when pruning a tree.
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