Pruning Your Trees
Tree pruning is the practice of cleaning up the tree of deadwood, breakage removal, raising the tree canopy and thinning out the limbs of the tree. This makes the tree healthier because deadwood can cause the tree to decay and can be an entry way for pests.
Thinning will reduce the weight and can allow for more airflow, and increase the beauty of the trees natural form and character of the tree. Basically it is just good all around for the appearance and health of the tree. Our trees are an asset to us and need to be taken care of from early on and is recommended to be maintained every two years.
Trimming is a term more commonly referred to shaping shrubs and hedges with hedge trimmers, but it is used interchangeably with tree pruning. Both of the services need professionals who take pride in their work and who are knowledgeable in caring for different types of trees and what is required to perform the job properly.
Any guy with a chainsaw can call himself a tree trimmer, that’s why it is so important to hire a reputable company with experience and expertise as we do. Improper trimming can result in damage to your tree.
Does Your Tree Need To Be Pruned?
If you are ever questioning whether your tree should be pruned or not, do not hesitate to call us and ask! Any tree that has dead limbs definitely should be pruned as soon as possible to avoid it causing further damage if it breaks, and the energy that the tree puts into trying to heal the damage can be put in to the healthier limbs.
- If your tree is leaning it may be a good idea to lighten the weight on that side of the tree te reduce the risk of it falling on its own.
- Pruning lower limbs is good when you want to let in more light, and raising the trees canopy allows for more growth in the upper branches and also gets rid of any drooping branches that might be getting in your way.
- If you have young trees it’s a good habit to start pruning every couple years as it keeps them healthy and can extend their life.
- Flowering Trees should be pruned depending on their flowering season. If the tree blooms in early spring then the time would be right after the flowering season, and if the tree blooms in the late summer or fall it is best to prune when it is dormant, in the winter, before it sets its new buds. But dead and old growth can be trimmed any time.
- Fruit Trees should be pruned and trained in the first year to increase productivity and can keep their size under control as well. Pruning fruit trees is also very important in improving the quality of the fruit. There are different pruning techniques based on the growth system of the tree, and when we come to your estimate we will go over in detail what your tree will need based on the type of fruit tree. But the general rule for most fruit trees is to prune in early spring while the tree is still dormant, and right before the growth activity begins.
Shrub and Bush Trimming
Basically the same rules apply here, the best is to get shrubs and bushes trimmed before new growth starts. But if you have unruly bushes and shrubs that need some desperate tending to, then it doesn’t really matter and will not harm the plants. If they are overgrown anyway, then the trimming will do it some good, and give it a more appealing shape, which does great things for your landscape!