Pruning is the most common procedure caring for most plants and trees. Pruning is made either through man-made or nature’s pruning. Some trees may require pruning such as those landscape trees which require a higher level care of maintenance compared to others. Pruning is usually performed to remove dead branches and to make trees improve their forms. Some reasons involve better air flow and light penetration for trees to grow better. There are tips in tree pruning that you must be well aware of before performing one. Learn the ways to better perform tree pruning through these tips we’re giving you.
- Trim your tree during a dormant season
The Dormant season for trees is known to be at the period when there is a decrease in the amount of daylight and temperature they receive. So, during the winter season, trees are under dormant season and this is the best time to prune them. It is because pruning in their dormant period would lessen the probability for tree diseases to spread.
- Making Proper Pruning cut
Pruning cuts of the branch must be made outside the branch collar. Branch collar contains the parent branch tissue and trunk which should not be removed. Make sure to not cut the collar. But if the trunk collar has a dead limb you wished to remove, make the cut just beyond the collar. Cut outside the branch bark ridge of the tree and angle your cut downwards and away from the stem. If a stem is too long, you can use the three-cut technique. First, make a notch in the side of the stem which faces away from the branch you’re going to retain; secondly, inside the crotch of the branch, make a small cut as well as the above of the branch ridge; lastly, cut inside the stem which is parallel to the branch bark ridge, and slowly remove the stub.
- Pruning Equipment
Before performing a tree pruning, consider first the proper equipment to use. Not all sharp object can be used to prune a tree. There is equipment, especially for pruning. A goof equipment will help you get the job done properly. Select those tools which have a sharp edge and are easy to hold and sharpen. Some Pruning tools are Pruning Shears and lopping shears. After using one, store the equipment in a dry room to keep it sharp and in good operating condition.
- Practice your Young Trees
Pruning generally is good in promoting good health and long life to your trees and plants. Start training your young trees will help their overall health. The basic recommendation for tree pruning is cutting up to one-third of top growth of your young tree. This method would compensate for the root loss. Be careful of doing an excessive pruning because it would reduce leaf area and would generally decrease the amount of your plant’s energy.
Tree Pruning is really tricky. If you are no expert on this matter, you can start by hiring an arborist so that he can guide you through the methods. Start from very small trees to larger one until you master the tips.