Every tree species is different and require specific care. There are various reasons why pruning trees is important such as to reduce its height, to thin the crown, to shape it, to remove diseased or storm-damaged branches, or to remove obstructing lower branches. Although the removal of dead wood and light pruning can be done anytime, here are a few important guidelines to remember before your next pruning.
Winter pruning is the most common practice. It provides a healthy burst of new growth in the spring. Some species, such as walnuts, birches, and maple may bleed, but the bleeding is not harmful and will stop when the tree leafs out. Summer Pruning is best for remedial purposes since damaged limbs can be seen more easily. Pruning can also be done to enhance flowering. If increased flowering is your desired goal, then pay attention to when your trees bloom. If they bloom in the spring, then you should prune them when their flowers fade. If your trees bloom mid to late summer, then you should prune them in winter or early spring.
Pruning during fall is not recommended. Throughout the fall, decay fungi spread their spores, and the healing of wounds is slower than any other time of year. So how much should you prune? As little as possible. Pruning can increase your tree’s vulnerability to insects and diseases. Try to ensure that living branches form at least two-thirds of the height of your tree. Do not prune more than 25% of the crown.
There are a few standard tools used for pruning including rope saws, pole pruners & loppers, folding pruners, and portable buck saws. Rope saws are a safe way to cut down higher limbs. Pole pruners and loppers can be attached to any standard-threaded extension pole, and folding pruners can be connected to any extension pole for a longer reach. Portable buck saws are perfect for homeowners, campers, and gardeners thanks to their light weight and collapsibility.
March 23rd, 2016