It is important to know the basics about tree trimming and tree pruning to be able to handle the majority of this kind of work yourself. There are a lot of good trimming tips and pruning techniques that can help with keeping your trees in excellent shape. Removing and cutting diseased and dead branches, when handled properly, increase the air and sunlight that reach the tree. This means the you will see fewer problems with pests and diseases. Pruning and trimming also helps eliminate improperly growing limbs, this makes the tree even stronger. With the right equipment and knowledge, you can prune trees as necessary to maintain their health and appearance. Also this helps eliminate potentially dangerous dead branches and other issues. So why do we really have to trim or prune a tree? Trees, like any other living thing, respond to its environment. As it continues to grow without restrictions like trimmings or barriers, it’s posture is affected. Generally, trees are trimmed for one of these purposes: aesthetics, safety or health. For aesthetics, pruning helps to effectively maintain a tree’s shape and appearance. Regular maintenance keeps your tree looking balanced with their need of airflow and sunlight running at optimal level. This contributes to a happy looking and healthy leaf growth. Trimming and pruning for safety is considered to be the most important of all street tree maintenance practices. When it comes to safety, broken or dead branches and limbs can fall off at any time, this could cause a serious safety hazard. Tree branches can sometimes become an obstruction to your vision while driving, thus these branches should be trimmed away. Sometimes, it is possible to save an infected tree by strategically pruning the infected branches away. Here are some tips in tree trimming:
- It is best to trim or prune a tree during its dormant season.
- Be conscientious about the size of the branch.
- Only trim branches that have weak, V-shaped, narrow angles.
- Try to prune away branches when they are young.
- Don’t trim a branch too close or too long.
- Keep lateral branches as evenly spaced as possible.
- Prune away branches that cross other branches.
- Never remove more than one fourth of a living crown at once.
- Maintain live branches on at least two-thirds of a tree’s height