Protect Your Trees By Pruning Regularly
As the tree leaves drop and the gardening season winds down, smart folks know it’s time to perform pruning on their trees.
Pruning improves the health and beauty of your plants by removing undesirable branches. Branches that should be pruned are:
- Overhanging walkways, parking areas or buildings
- Blocking lighting and utility lines
- Leaning against buildings/your home
- Interfering with other trees or branches
- Heavily damaged by insects and or disease
Pruning these problem branches will make your tree less prone to storm damage, pests and diseases, and more structurally sound and safer.
Pruning may also include the shaping of your trees. This pruning procedure is used to shape and maintain the crown size and even reduce the size of your tree to keep it at a size that works best in your landscape. A healthy tree can be reduced in size by up to 1/3 without endangering its health. Pruning trees and shrubs is important and has many benefits for your property.
Class Pruning Definitions
Class #1: Fine Pruning - Ornamental Trees
Removal of dead/dying branches and major crossing branches over 1/2" diameter. Includes crown thinning of undesirable growth to improve air flow and light penetration and shaping to enhance the intended form.
Class #2: Standard Pruning - Shade Trees
Removal of dead/dying branches and major crossing branches over 2" diameter. Includes crown thinning of undesirable growth to improve air flow and light penetration and removal of structurally defective limbs.
Class #3: Safety/Hazard Pruning - Shade Trees
Removal of dead/dying branches as well as removal of limbs over 3" diameter that are structurally defective and potentially dangerous.
Class #4: Crown Reduction - Shade Trees
Size reduction (drop crotch pruning) of the entire canopy to help reduce the risk of storm damage to long extending limbs and better restore the overall height/width of the tree. Also includes, removal of dead/dying branches as well as removal of limbs over 3" diameter that are structurally defective and potentially dangerous.
Have a Professional Handle Your Tree Pruning
All pruning should be done by someone with the training and skills of a certified arborist. A trained arborist has the knowledge of tree physiology, proper pruning procedures and can take care of your trees without endangering their health. Improper pruning can weaken your tree and make it more susceptible to insect infestation, disease and structural failure.
After careful examination and evaluation, a certified arborist will advise you what would best serve your trees’ needs. In addition to pruning, they may suggest that support cables be added to improve weak branch unions. Tree cabling is commonly needed in large, older trees.
Don’t wait until winter winds have damaged your trees. Call now to arrange a complimentary evaluation and assessment at (877) 308-8733 or click the button below.