Tree care involves proper pruning and trimming. Sometimes, tree removal is necessary if infected by fungus. Proper care and maintenance lengthens the life of your landscape tree and prevents further damage.
WHY PRUNE A TREE
Whether you are pruning trees for corrective or preventive purposes, you have to understand why you are doing it. Here is a variety of reasons why you may need tree pruning and trimming:
– to remove dead or damaged branches.
– to improve form or tree structure.
– to reduce risk against storm damage and other potential dangers of falling limbs.
– to prevent disease-causing fungi from infecting other parts of your tree.
– to permit new growth.
– to increase light and air penetration.
WHEN TO DO IT
Light pruning or trimming can be done any time, especially if there are diseased or dead limbs. Winter pruning is a common practise. But it is usually best to wait until late winter. Summer pruning, on the other hand, should be done soon after the seasonal growth is complete.
WHEN NOT TO PRUNE
Some tree species such as maple, walnuts, and birches tend to “bleed”. For this reason, pruning and trimming them during the fall season is discouraged. It is when wound healing seems to be slower.
HIRE AN ARBORIST
If you have a large tree and you want to remove its branches, it may be best to call an expert like Beaver Tree Services. Pruning large trees require use of equipment and you should leave this job to trained and experienced arborists. Do not compromise your safety by trying to do-it-yourself. Moreover, professional arborists can help you improve the natural beauty of your landscape trees.
Improper pruning or trimming may cause tree diseases like “oak wilt” to spread. But when done correctly, it will keep your trees in a healthy, safe, and attractive condition. Remember that pruning during the dormant season or late winter, reduces sap loss and subsequent stress to the tree. It also minimises the risk of fungus infection.