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Best Tips For Pruning A Tree In Utah

22-Aug-2019 | by Scott Bennett

When you add a lovely tree to your yard, you want it to thrive accordingly. Pruning your tree is a very common practice to ensure the tree develops optimally during its first stages of life. The more you correctly prune a young tree, the less pruning it will need as it matures.

With landscaping, pruning is required to maintain the structural integrity of younger trees. Tree maintenance and branch removal is a normal process. You must know proper pruning procedures to make appropriate cuts. A wrong cut can be detrimental to your tree and its overall health.

Why is Pruning Necessary?

Pruning should never be done without appropriate reasoning. Some trees require pruning to get appropriate levels of sunlight and airflow to appropriate areas of the tree. It also helps with the structure to ensure it can support foliage, fruit or flower development. If there is a wounded branch of the tree, it is imperative to correct it. This prevents disease or insect damage from spreading.

Some may also use pruning as a means of reducing the size of the tree. This is typically done with decorative trees used in landscapes close to the home. Most pruning is done when the tree is young to support optimal growth. Pruning more mature trees are typically done as a preventative or corrective measure.

When Should You Prune?

For maximum closure and healing, it is recommended to prune in late winter or early spring before yearly growth begins. If the tree issue is disease or infestation-related specifically, pruning should not be done during active transmission periods. This can prevent the spreading or worsening of the issue. Summer pruning can be done to dwarf the tree. This is done right after seasonal growth is complete. It is recommended to not prune during the fall. This is when fungi are prominent and can infect the tree. Also, wounds from cuts heal slowly. Tree maintenance needs to be done with caution.

Pruning Techniques

Specific types of pruning can be done to promote the health and overall attractiveness of your tree. To prevent decay, all cuts made should be less than 2 inches in diameter or smaller. Any larger cuts need to be made with much discretion.

Cleaning

This is a routine removal of dead, diseased, or weak branches of the tree.

Thinning

This reduces weight on specific parts of the tree. It also generates proper airflow and helps sun exposure to vital areas. Thinning cuts remove a side branch from a parenting branch. The final cut should be just beyond the branch collar.

Raising

This removes lower branches to create clear passages and eliminate the obstruction. It cuts branches at the crown to remove them from hanging over walkways or electrical pathways.

Reduction

This is used to lessen the trees' height or outward spread. This is typically done on young trees since it cuts into the branch defense zone. Where this may not be a problem for younger trees, it can cause decay in more mature trees.

Professional Assistance

Residential lawn services can help you with your tree maintenance needs. Professionally trained eyes can easily spot damage and address issues suitably. With their extensive knowledge of proper technique and appropriate cuts, you can be sure your trees will be left fresh and healthy. Whether your trees are lightly in need of branch removal or something a bit more extensive, residential lawn services can improve the overall attractiveness and integrity of your tree.

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