TREE TRIMMING: IT’S BOTH AN ART AND A SCIENCE
When it comes to tree care, there are just two types of tree pruning: the class that you commit to a tree because of your worries that its branches are becoming a danger, and the type that is committed in a tree because you know that various selective species pruning can enhance the health and longevity of the tree. Now, we are talking about the second type.
When to Trim
Arborists are generally united in saying that trees with diseased, damaged, plagued or dead limbs should have their limbs removed immediately. Also, they point out that if you have the choice, there is definitely a better time to prune: just in the transition from winter to spring. A tree experiences a wave of “return to life” that allows it to heal more rapidly from injuries before the buds begin to open: that is the best time to make a careful tree trimming.
In addition, it is worse to prune a tree during very hot, cold or dry periods. The heat causes the sap to flow faster, and a pruning injury may lead to an extreme loss of sap. The cold, however, causes the sap to flow more gradually and also may lead to an injury remaining open without forming a “callous” protective sap on it. Dry periods have the similar issue, but there just is not enough sap for everyone.
How to Trim
You will want to cut the branches as close to the base as possible when trimming a tree for health reasons, without leaving a heel, but without removing the excess bark from the rest of the tree. Randomly cutting the larger branches or the top of a tree is not a good idea. Whether you need to remove a fork from a split tree, work from the outside in, pruning the branches of the forks down until the stem of the trunk remains, after that cut the fork half an inch or more from the body of the main trunk.
This will decrease the probability of creating an awfully large wound that will have problems endangering and healing the tree in the future. In an ideal world, when doing this type of tree pruning, you not only want to cut branches: you need to maintain the proportion and tree shape while improving its health. Like most things in nature, a tree works best when it is balanced and symmetrical. That is where art comes in.
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Hire Experts in Tree Trimming
If you do not have confidence in your ability to properly prune your trees, hire a tree care service, they do much more than simply tree removal. They will have the experience to cut down your tree in a good way that is both an enhancement of its general health and its aesthetics. However if it turns out that the damage is not limited to a branch or two as you thought, they can always resort to tree removal.
Tree trimming at Christmas is generally a fun task, but pruning a tree in your garden can fill you with terror. Cutting or pruning a tree, if done correctly will keep your tree growing strong and look good in the years to come. Then what do you do? You grab your instruments and get pruning, that’s what!!