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Tree pruning involves removing parts of your tree to improve its overall health. It may seem weird to cut off branches that seem perfectly healthy on your tree, but it is actually an extremely important to ensure that your tree reaches its potential. Here is a simple explanation of why, how, and when to prune a tree:
Why Should You Prune a Tree
Think about it as removing the weakest link. You don’t want a branch pulling resources from the rest the the tree unless that branch is benefiting the tree as a whole. By removing dying branches early enough it will not only improve the look of your tree, but it can also save a dying tree. You especially want to remove branches that have been infested with disease or insects. Removing them will keep it from spreading to other parts of the tree.
When To Prune a Tree
Tree pruning can be done year round, but late winter and early spring is the most effective time. When you notice any diseased or dying branches you should take action. The quicker you remove these, the faster your tree will thrive. You also should remove codominant branches. This occurs when you have two branches growing vertically out of your tree at the same time. Having two dominant branches will take away from the overall health of the tree. Pick one of the two dominant branches and remove it. If you live in a tropical climate, you need to make sure that you prune your trees before storm season begins.
How To Prune a Tree
First identify the branches that need to be removed. This includes all branches that are diseased, dying, or codominant. If your tree is extremely tall or large, you may want to consider hiring a professional landscaping service so that you don’t compromise your safety. cutting large branches involves following a very specific set of cuts so that your branch falls properly. Make sure that you watch some videos about how to properly cut your branches before beginning.
Pruning a tree is doable project, but it can be very dangerous. Make sure to take all the proper safety precautions before beginning. In the time it takes to learn how to prune your tree and purchase the equipment, it may just be worth it to hire a professional landscaping company to take care of all your tree trimming needs.