Reasons for pruning your lawns trees:
• Getting rid of branches injured from storm-damage or diseases
• Crown reduction/thinning to encourage growth and improved air circulation
• Limit height and growth
• Lower branches that may be hindering the health of the tree
• Aesthetic purposes, improving the cosmetic look of your trees
Do it Yourself – Pruning the right way
Tree pruning is a technique that can be successfully learned by many homeowners with some research and practice. With the exception of fairly large trees most instances where pruning may be necessary is something you can do without professional assistance.
A pivotal aspect when pruning these undesirable branches is to remove these portions while avoiding damage to the stem and trunk areas of the tree.
But first it’s important to recognize the anatomy of these particular regions on a tree. Branches of the tree will grow from stems at the buds or nodes, pruning will always take place on the branch side of these buds/nodes.
By pruning on the branch side you will ensure the stem, bud, node and other branches of tree remain protected and can still grow normally. In addition, pruning done with this proper technique will allow the tree to heal afterwards with ease.
Own the right pruning tools:
When it comes to any tool the best advice we can offer is to buy the best tools you can afford, while always striving to properly clean and keep them in good condition.
The following are a few of the common pruning tools that have become popular and extremely useful to homeowners:
Basically a rope saw is a manual-chainsaw. Giving you the ability to cut high tree limbs from the safety of the ground. Rope saws are designed to prune trees by wrapping around limbs and branches as the ropes are drawn back and forth.
POLE PRUNER & LOPPER
When pruning difficult to reach places the pole pruner & lopper is considered the perfect tool to make precise cuts. In addition, a pole pruner has a unique advantage, being able to attach the pruner to most any extension pole to meet the needs of any pruning task.
Similar to the advantages of the Pole pruner, the folding pruner can be attached to most any extension pole for lightweight and precise pruning capabilities.
Pruning shears or hand shears are the perfect tool for cutting/pruning maintenance on trees and shrubs. For small quick handheld cuts when the job doesn’t call for larger equipment. Pruning shears can also be helpful for gardening, arboriculture, farming and smaller scale work.
PORTABLE BUCK SAW
A Portable Buck Saw is an ideal and unique tool for any homeowner. Able to cut through logs as wide as 15-inches, and collapsible for travel and storage needs. Versatile for yard landscaping and great for camping trips.
Take the following steps when pruning trees at home yourself:
Firstly, make an underside small-sized cute in the shape of a wedge on the branch side of the stem. This type of cut will ensure an even break from the bark & stem while avoiding any unnecessary tearing.
Secondly, go an each or so further up the branch and cut entirely through leaving only a stub towards the end.
Finally, make a third and final cut near the beginning of the tree branch stem. This will cause the remaining stub to be at it’s shortest length possible.
What is the right time to prune your trees?:
The final months of Fall & Winter seasons is the ideal time to prune your trees dead branches and limbs. But if necessary, pruning these diseased portions can be done at any time.
The main reason to prune during the colder months of the year is to reduce the loss of sap and diminish the amount of stress on the tree during pruning. Another benefit of pruning in this season is to encourage flourishing growth later in the spring/summer months.
Finally, most trees will lose leaves during the fall and winter months, for this reason you will have a better idea of the shape and growth patterns of the tree after your pruning is finished.
(NOTE: Flowering tree species should avoid pruning during the Fall season. Unlike the most other tree species, flowering trees often spread pores of diseased fungi that will ultimately do more harm than good.)
Deciding how much of the tree to prune:
Typically, less is more when it comes to the correct amount of pruning. Whenever you prune you’re adding stress and vulnerability to the overall health of the tree.
Some instances force you to prune or take corrective measures such as storm damage, crown reduction or to avoid contact with utility lines nearby.
Prune as little as you can, a common practice is to limit the cut to only 25% of the branch or stems crown. The remaining unpruned portions should always compose about 75% of the trees height.
Sometimes pruning jobs can be too much for homeowners to handle. if the tools and guidelines provided to pruning seem out of your level of comfort or management, hire the professional arborists here at All About Tree Care. Your safety and satisfaction is our first priority.
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