Jul 29, 2015

Tips and Techniques for Effective Tree Pruning and Trimming

Knowing the basics of pruning and trimming is important, considering that such processes can either damage or improve your trees. There are actually a variety of trimming tips and pruning techniques that are great in keeping your trees in healthy shape. If you want to educate yourself about common tree trimming care and maintenance, follow the tips below.
Tip #1
In pruning, remember to promote new growth and better air circulation by cutting away the branches that cross or run against other branches. Meanwhile, trim branches that could cause danger to the public. For instance, clear branches that are too long that they interfere with pedestrians and electricity wires.

Tip #2
Do not be afraid to make the cut. It is important to keep in mind that a simple pruning can do great things for your plants and trees. The risk of over trimming may be high, but once you learn how to do it properly, the results can be very rewarding. In return, you will have healthier and more beautiful-looking trees, more flowers and thicker foliage.

Tip #3
To keep your plants and trees healthy and in shape, it is crucial to know exactly when to prune. Use a seasonal guide to plan your gardening calendar ahead of time.

Tip #4
Lateral branches should be kept as evenly spaced as possible. This is especially true for young plants.

Tip #5
Never remove more than one-third of the living crown; otherwise, the tree may not be able to produce strong branches. Instead, maintain branches on at least two-thirds of the height of the tree. But remember; reduce the crown only if it is truly necessary.

Tip #6
Should you decide to remove more than half of the foliage, just remove the whole branch. If you insist otherwise, you’ll soon find your trees growing weak and insufficient.

With these basic tips and techniques, as well as the right tools and knowledge, you will be ready to handle the majority of the pruning and trimming tasks yourself. Be prepared as you plan your tree trimming activity. As you work, remember to never trim trees from a ladder. Always wear a hardhat as you work and never climb a tree with your hands loaded with tools. Leave the difficult part to the professionals to avoid damaging your trees.

Stewart Scott is a certified arborist and is the owner of Cevet Tree Care, where he offers the best tree service in Columbia, MO has to offer. Cevet has provided tree trimming and other tree care services to mid-Missouri for almost 20 years.

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