Tree Trimming & Pruning Tips, Techniques for Trimming Your Trees

If you want to keep your landscaping attractive, you should consider having your trees trimmed and pruned. But there’s more to it than just making your yard pretty and your trees less wild. We wanted to go over a few tips and some of the important factors for tree pruning.

Reasons to Trim or Prune a Tree

  • Health: Trimming can help improve the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage or stems.
  • Aesthetics: Pruning a tree effectively helps to maintain its shape and appearance. You can trim trees to “train” them to grow back certain ways.
  • Safety: It’s important to cut dead or broken branches and limbs. They can fall off at any time, making them a hazard to you, your property, or even utility lines.

Planning Ahead

You want to pay attention to the overall plant health of your property, as well as the amount of pruning in mind. You should research the maintenance your trees need carefully before going through any pruning. If you are getting a helping hand, your arborist will have professional experience with almost any plant that comes their way.

Depending on how much you will be trimming away, and how young a tree is, you may need to hold off on some pruning until the following year or two.

When to Prune

In general, the best time to prune most plants is during late winter or early spring before growth begins. This is usually considered to be when a tree is dormant.

The least desirable time is immediately after new growth develops in the spring and sometimes late summer. If trimmed during these times, dwarfing can occur. This is a common problem encountered in pruning.

If you see damage to large branches at any time of the year, you should remove them as soon as possible to avoid any safety hazards.

Tree Pruning Tips & Techniques

General Branch Pruning
  • Take care not to damage the branch collar.
  • Always cut outside the branch bark ridge and angle your cut down and away from the stem.
  • Removed dead branches first!
  • You should use the same technique to prune dead branches and living branches.
  • Always step back to see how the tree canopy is opening up as your trim.
Crown Thinning
  • Keep lateral branches as evenly spaced as possible, especially on young trees.
  • Never remove more than one-fourth of a living crown in one year
  • “Topping” a tree is usually not advised.
Crown Raising and Reduction
  • Maintain live branches on at least two-thirds of a tree’s height.
  • If you need to remove more than half of the foliage from a branch, just remove the whole branch.

How Much Does Tree Trimming Cost?

Tree trimming is something most property owners can manage tree trimming as long as they have some good shears and means of reaching branches safely. When it’s done solo, obviously costs will be much less.

But when trees start reaching certain heights, it’s time to call professional arborists to help with the job. Luckily, we are the experts on an array of residential tree services. Prices can range depending on how many trees need trimming, how tall they are, and how much branch removal is needed. Our staff is ready to answer your questions on any tree or shrub you might have.  You can call 814-443-2991 for help with quotes or consultations.

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