What Are the Common Reasons
for Needing a Tree Trimming Service?
You prune a tree for one or more of the following reasons: aesthetics, health, and safety.
A tree is able to keep its beautiful appearance and shape when you prune it. However, make sure that you do not prune a tree against its natural size or shape; this will require extensive pruning which may seriously harm the tree.
A tree may suffer from disease. You can stem the infection by strategically trimming away the limbs and branches that are contaminated.
You can enhance the health of a tree by thinning its crown, improving airflow which is favorable to the tree’s health. You can also trim the branches that rub or cross together.
You should prune broken or dead limbs and branches to keep them from falling off and causing harm to property or injury to people. You should also see to it that there are no branches that serve to keep you from seeing what lies ahead when you are driving.
Branches that grow too close to power lines are risky. Make sure to inform the utility company so that they can address the issue.
What Are the More Common Types of Pruning?
- Crown lifting
When you get rid of the lower branches of the crown, you are doing crown lifting.
You engage in this type when you need to keep the branches from obstructing the view or path along your driveway or along roads. Crown lifting also makes it possible for more light to go by underneath the crown.
This type of pruning does not have a substantial effect on the appearance of the tree. It does not affect the higher fraction of the crown which is the most visible part.
However, it affects the lower branches. These branches are usually bigger than the other branches; pruning them may result in large wounds which can adversely affect the health of the tree.
- Crown thinning
When you do crown thinning, you select which branches to remove from the crown.
The purpose of removal is to allow more light to penetrate through the branches, as well as to promote better air circulation. Crown thinning does not appreciably change the general shape of the crown.
When you do crown thinning, make sure to prune small-diameter branches all through the crown. Include both the inner and outer edges. Make sure that you do not take out too many branches from the core of the crown.
Doing so will give the tree a poor structure and limit the points that you can trim later on. This will also yield long and skinny branches in the lower part with very little foliage to reduce swaying. A reduced ability to sway puts additional stress on the tree when the winds are strong.
- Crown reduction
You reduce the general dimensions of the crown when you do crown reduction.
You cut the branches, shortening them to the appropriate growth point. You do this when a tree becomes too big for its space.
Crown reduction can result in hefty wounds in the areas where you cut the branches. The wounds may lead to decay. Only do crown reduction as a last-resort option.
When you do crown reduction, make sure that you’re able to maintain a smooth and fluid branch line. Allow the tree to keep its natural shape by cutting back the branches to appropriate side branches.
Do not do crown reduction on birches and conifers which are shaped like pyramids.
When you do pollarding, you cut off a tree’s upper branches.
This usually results in a much smaller tree with a head thick with branches and foliage.
When you remove the entire top of a tree or the trunk, and all the large branches from its top, you are doing tree topping.
This is often done to limit the size of the tree, keeping it compact and small. The practice often leaves the tree in a weak and unhealthy condition. The resulting large wounds make it prone to disease and insect-infestation.
When do you prune/not prune?
You can trim to remove dead wood or do light pruning anytime. Otherwise, when to prune or not prune is dependent on what you want to accomplish.
These are some general guidelines. However, make sure that you bear in mind that individual tree species may react to pruning in different ways.
- Winter Pruning
It’s a universal practice to prune when the tree is dormant. Pruning a tree in dormancy brings about a strong burst of new growth when spring comes. If this is your desired effect, wait until the coldest time of winter is over, then prune your tree.
There are certain species which tend to bleed when the sap starts to gush. Birches, walnuts, and maples usually do this.
Don’t worry when this happens. The bleeding does not damage the tree. It usually stops when the leaves start to come out.
- Summer Pruning
Do you want to slow down the growth or development of the tree or some of its branches? If you want to “dwarf” the development, you should prune right after the completion of seasonal growth.
Pruning at this time allows you to cut down the overall leaf surface. This limits the tree’s ability to manufacture food, thus slowing down its growth.
If you want to prune for corrective reasons, it’s best to do so in summer. Flaws are more apparent than during other seasons. Branches that are weighed down by leaves clearly lay suspended too far. Imperfections in branches are also more clearly defined.
- Pruning to Promote Flowering
When should you prune if your purpose is to promote flowering?
Prune in early spring or winter when the shrub/tree flowers in mid-summer or late-summer. If the shrub/tree blooms in spring, prune as soon as their flowers die away.
- Fall Pruning
Do not prune during fall. Decayed fungi are likely to have an abundance of spores during fall. If you prune during this time, the wounds resulting from pruning are more likely to become infected. Wounds also tend to heal more slowly during this time.
What are the different types of pruning equipment?
There’s a wide variety of pruning equipment available. Hand pruners or pruning shears, pruning saws like pole saws or pole pruners, chain saws, and hedge shears are equipment most commonly used for tree trimming.
Why is it Better to Hire a Professional Tree Trimming Service?
Pruning trees is a complicated process. It requires experience and skill. Operating many of the machines designed for tree pruning calls for dexterity and familiarity.
If you have very little experience, pruning trees can be a potentially unsafe endeavor. It’s a wiser option to call in the experts.
Why Hire HomeTownTreeServices
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