What are the different types of tree pruning?
Remember, every cut will have a different effect on your tree. Don’t just mindlessly remove a branch. Constant tree pruning will put tons of stress on your tree and cause it to slow down its growth. Proper and timely pruning is extremely necessary. Here are the various types of pruning:
- Cleaning: Removing dead, dying, weak, diseased and low branches from the tree crown.
- Thinning: Removing selected branches to improve the structure and allow more light and air penetration through the crow.
- (Pro tip: Good choice to reduce the weight on branches and retain tree shape!)
- Raising: Selectively removing low branches to clear out way for cars, people, buildings or views.
- Reduction: Reducing the size of the tree
When is the best time to prune my trees?
If your tree has hazardous branches hanging, trim immediately.
If you plan to do some ‘light’ pruning (removing less than 10% of the foliage), you can do it at any time. *True for most tree species.
If you have a ‘deciduous tree’, a tree that sheds leaves during winter the best time to prune is during the ‘dormant period’ which is right between the time when the leaves of the tree begin to fall and the end of winter.
If you have an ‘evergreen tree’, the ones that never shed leaves, the best time to prune is late winter. Pro tip: Trimming in late winter reduces bark beetle infestation on conifers (trees that have pinecones).
At all costs, avoid pruning trees (especially the ones that are stressed out) during or right after their initial growth in springtime.
When is the best time to prune dying tree branches?
If your tree has branches that are dying, diseased, or just dead, you can call us to remove them at any time of the year. Removing these branches will not harm or result in damage to the tree.
What is tree topping and heading?
Topping (heading) is the worst practice you can apply to your trees. It is when a person mindlessly and carelessly slices the top of tree branches from a tree that are not big enough to be able to hold the new branches that will grow on them.
Many property owners who fail to educate themselves on the proper way to prune a tree or inexperienced “pros” make this mistake year after year.
Tree topping results in:
- Tree stress
- Tree decay
- Tree sunburn
- Tree branches become weak and result in being a hazard
- Trees look ugly
What are other names for tree topping?
Other names for tree topping are:
- Round over