How To Prune Your Trees For Optimum Health

How To Prune Your Trees For Optimum Health

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The early spring is the best time of year to do pruning for most trees.
Since trees are still dormant during this season, any pruning wounds will heal quicker because they are ready to begin rapid growth at this stage. Pruning is the practice of altering the form of a plant. There are many reasons to prune a tree. The act of pruning promotes the health of the tree by removing dead or diseased branches. Proper pruning can help to promote a function like higher production of fruit or more bloom. It’s also important to trim if the tree is impeding with someone’s roof or power lines.
First and foremost, pruning a tree is a hazardous practice.
It is difficult, time consuming, and dangerous for those performing the work. Pruning older trees versus younger trees must be understood because the two are not the same and should be treated accordingly. Older trees cannot react to wounding as younger trees can. This is what your pruning should reflect.
You must understand the proper structure of the tree you are pruning before you begin.
Your pruning will shape the tree so unless you are doing creative pruning like topiary, it’s a good idea to make sure you shape the tree in natural growth patterns. There are several tools you can use depending on the tree and the job that needs to be done. Simple hand clippers should always have a curved blade of hardened steel, because it automatically has a twisting motion when you prune so you don’t have to do that with your hand or wrist.
Start out by cutting out any broken, dead, or diseased branches to make way for new growth.
The branch coming out of the trunk has a collar and you need to trim all the way up to that collar. It’s important to not damage or cut into the collar as the collar has chemicals in it that protect the cut from disease and insects. Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Once a limb is cut, there is no going back so prune carefully and slowly. Walk around the tree so you can see how it looks from every side. They need to be balanced because trees are three dimensional. Keep in mind you should not prune too much at once. A good rule of thumb is that only a third of the tree should be pruned.
The next thing that needs to be removed are any crossing or crowded branches.
Try to picture the tree in the future. Take into consideration the expansion of the girth of the limbs with time. If you are pruning fruit trees, remember that in order to get a good crop, it is essential for sunlight to get into the center of the canopy. Be careful not to trim the tree too far. Trees produce a dense crown of leaves to produce the sugar used as energy for growth and development. By removing the canopy, you are eliminating the tree’s ability to manufacture food. If this happens, the tree will then become vulnerable to pathogens and bugs, which could kill the tree.
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