Tree and Shrub Pruning

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Tree Pruining

Pruning of your trees and shrubs will help them lead a long and healthy life.

The late dormant season is best time for most pruning. Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it’s easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring plant branch structure. Pruning at the proper time can avoid certain disease and physiological problems:

Pruning large established trees

The most common types of tree pruning are:

  • Crown Thinning – selectively removing branches on young trees throughout the crown. This promotes better form and health by increasing light penetration and air movement. Strong emphasis is on removing weak branches. (Don’t overdo it on mature trees.)
  • Crown Raising – removing lower branches on developing or mature trees to allow more clearance above lawns, sidewalks, streets, etc.
  • Crown Reduction – removing larger branches at the top of the tree to reduce its height. When done properly, crown reduction pruning is different from topping because branches are removed immediately above lateral branches, leaving no stubs. Crown reduction is the least desirable pruning practice. It should be done only when absolutely necessary.
  • Crown Cleaning – the selective removal of dead, dying and disease wood from the crown of the tree.

Prune to improve plant appearance

Appearance in the landscape is essential to a plant’s usefulness. For most landscapes, a plant’s natural form is best. Hometown Tree Experts can prune to:

  • control plant size and shape
  • keep shrubby evergreens well-proportioned and dense
  • remove unwanted branches, waterspouts, suckers, and undesirable fruiting structures that detract from appearance

Prune to protect people and property:

  • Remove dead branches
  • Have hazardous trees taken down
  • Prune out weak or narrow-angled tree branches that overhang homes, parking areas, and sidewalks – anyplace falling limbs could injure people or damage property
  • Eliminate branches that interfere with street lights, traffic signals, and overhead wires- Please contact your local utility company for maintenance if there are trees overhanging the power lines.
  • For security purposes, prune shrubs or tree branches that obscure the entry to your home

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