Tree Pruning: An Introduction

An important part of landscape maintenance is pruning trees. Proper pruning encourages even branch development and healthy plants. Pruning fruit trees is especially important, assuming that you also want to enjoy your fruit in addition to its ornamental benefits.

The tree pruning methods vary. It depends mostly on the type of tree that is being pruned. Generally, pruning should only be performed during the winter while the tree is in a dormant state. Pruning during the spring may cause damage because of interference with new growth. Pruning during the fall can cause disruption of the trees ability to conserve its energy in preparation for winter. You should never prune more than 25 percent to 30 percent of the tree’s volume in a single pruning or run the risk of the tree falling into shock.

Pruning is different from trimming which is used to shape shrubs and hedges. Trimming can be done, using hedge clippers, throughout the year. Trimming can increase the density by removing outward branches. This promotes a more even appearance.

Some  hand tools are useful when pruning trees. Pruning shears can be used for clipping small shoot and branches. A pruning saw can be used for thicker branches, especially when trees haven’t been pruned regularly in the past.  For larger cuts, the use of a pruning sealer will reduce sap loss and prevent insect infestation.

Carter Land Services can trim your trees to enhance the beauty of your yard and property.