Tree Trimming & Pruning Guide: Tips, Techniques

Tree trimming or pruning is more than getting rid of dead limbs, as it helps the tree to grow new healthy branches. Some of the methods of tree pruning are:

Raising the Crown-

It is the removal of the lowest branches of the tree. The young trees will develop more growth in the upper branches, and for the older trees, it is not as safe as their limbs are bigger and have a potential for infection or infestation. It is usually done to provide a walkway for the pedestrians, vehicles and the improved sight of the roadways.

Thinning the Crown-

This method involves careful removal of branches inside the crown. It is helpful for trees in strong wind conditions and to carry the weight of the snowfall on them. Some methods to do this are; To prune branches that are in contact with other branches, there should be an even space and balance in the branches, over thinning can lead to decay and disease of the branch. It’s done over a series of years.

Cleaning the Crown-

In this technique, we have to remove the dead or dying branches, so that the tree will produce healthy new branches and last longer. It also removes excess weight, the spread of decay and reduces the risk of branches falling. We should remove all the branches if more than half is taken out due to foliage. If you are planning to remove more than half of the tree, it is wise to consult a tree professional to understand the risks that affect the tree’s health.

Height Reduction-

Height Reduction

This method is reducing the height of the tree but only with proper pruning, if the pruning not done right, then it can severely damage the tree. Always know what type of tree it is and it’s the growth pattern as it is on this basis that pruning is done. Please make sure to avoid cutting across the tree as it can damage the tree’s health. Seek help from an arborist to know how to reduce the height of the tree without killing the tree.

Cutting Techniques-

When it comes to cutting methods make sure your tools are of good quality and sharp.Also ensureyou follow the safety precautions. Clean cuts are preferred, do not use tree wound paint to cover the cuts as the trees will close the wound on its own, when there is a small branch and has not formed a collar, the base has to be cut close and cut outside the bark for larger branches. All these techniques can help shape the tree into a healthier self.