When you plant a tree as part of your landscape, you would like it to live long, prosper and always show signs of good health. The pruning of trees adds to its life expectancy, but this requires the tree pruning to be done in the correct way. When you prune a tree and reduce its dead limbs you help to heal wounds and limit stem decay.
Pruning of trees is not always a factor in improving its health but it can help to remove branches that are too close to a home or overhanging streets. It can also help to make the tree look better and improve the aesthetics of the landscape. Tree pruning is an art that takes a lot of practice and experience and can help in the impact the tree has on the surrounding landscape. You can also prune a tree so that it lets in more sunlight on a lawn, and can help to prevent the overcrowding. Tree pruning must be carried out in such a way that it does not compromise the natural look of the tree and also helps to enhance its health. It can also help to prevent the falling of trees as they age, by reducing the weight on the roots and trunk.
Trees are best trimmed in winter when they are dormant. Start with cutting branches that are diseased and those that have grown too large. After the pruning of a tree, it should be in its best geometric shape. Never leave stubs behind, and be gentle in your pruning of trees that are young and still tender. Pruning can be helpful in fruit trees and help or to direct growth that can help in fruit production. You can also prune trees so that they increase their foliage. Prune branches that are overgrown or those that are rubbing against each other. When you trim the branches of a tree you are directing its growing energy towards the core and this helps it to weather storms, as the wood in the tree is stronger.
Pruned and trimmed trees will always produce more vegetation and flowers. Pruning the crown of a tree removes overgrown areas and lets in more light and air and this helps the tree to be healthier. Your pruning should be restricted to removing only a quarter of a branch every time. If you need to remove more, do this over a period of years, as this then gives the tree the time to recover. Crown area must be maintained at two-thirds of the height. In some cases, trees interfere with power lines and require constant trimming or pruning. You may do better to replace the tree with one that does not grow so tall.
Make sure that you have the right tools for the pruning and take all the necessary precautions to do this safely, especially if you are using ladders. Clear the area around the tree of family members, pets, and bystanders. Have someone on the ground to ensure this while you do your work of pruning.