Tips on How to Prune a Tree

3-6_2There are various reasons we prune trees in our homes. Some of these reasons include to remove diseased branches, shape trees for beauty or design, reduce the height of trees, and remove lower branches. Tree pruning should be done on a regular basis since it ensures your trees have a healthy life.

Pruning isn’t just about sawing or cutting off branches and limbs. Other factors are important as well of you have to achieve the best results. First, proper timing is one of the most important factors to consider when planning your pruning schedule. Secondly, the pruning technique to be used in the exercise. These two factors are influential to the kind of results you’ll achieve.

Here are four methods you can use when pruning your trees.

  1. Reduce: This method involves selective pruning when decreasing the height or spread of your tree. You should use this method if you want to clear vegetation from any structures on your property or when improving the appearance of the tree. At times you may want to minimize the risk of failure or clear the utility line. Well, use this method.
  2. Clean: Cleaning method involves removing any of the diseased, dead, or damaged branches. During storms, branches are the most affected. Apply this pruning method to minimize the risk of tree branches falling. You should prune a decaying or diseased branch to prevent further spreading into the rest of the tree. This method doesn’t is recommended for mature trees since it doesn’t involve the unnecessary removal of live branches.
  3. Raise: If you need to prune your tree for vertical clearance, this is the preferred method. It involves shortening or removing the lower tree branches to provide clearance for vistas, vehicles, buildings, pedestrians, and other structures.
  4. Thin: Trees may grow dense branches at the crown. When this happens, you should thin your tree to reduce the density of the branches particularly at the edge of the crown. This will ease air movement and sunlight penetration.

There are other pruning practices that you should avoid because they can injure your trees.

  • Removing an excessive number of the branches at the interior of the tree. This is known as Lion’s tailing.
  • Reducing the size of a tree by cutting to shorten branches or limbs back to the crown limit.
  • Over-thinning the palms of a tree. This usually happens when you remove most of the lower fronds.

Before starting the pruning exercise, it is important that your plans include the reason for pruning and the pruning method to be used. Please consult a professional tree care company or an arborist for information on specifications if your tree is large.

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