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tree-300x2251Some of us have let our trees grow and grow since winter. We love to have shade, especially in Texas summers! Just remember that you do actually need to prune your trees in order to keep them healthy. To help you maintain beautiful foliage, we’ve provided some tips on how to prune your trees. Pruning your trees is a long, arduous project that a lot of people don’t feel like doing. However, pruning trees is very important for the health of your yard! If you would prefer someone came in and professionally pruned your trees, you should consider giving us a call today!

Why Prune?

There are plenty of reasons to prune or trim your trees. Pruning trees makes sure that they look nice, are safe to walk under, and stay healthy. Trees provide a great beauty to any yard, but you have to make sure that you’re okay with the upkeep. Make sure when you trim for aesthetic purposes that you’re not trimming more than the tree can handle! As far as safety, everyone has had that dead or broken tree branch that looks ready to fall at any time. Pruning can ensure that no one is harmed by these dead or dying branches. Lastly, to maintain the health of you tree you may sometimes have to prune infected branches or you may have to thin the crown of the tree.

Important Tips

  • Begin your visual inspection at the top of the tree and work downward. Determine which branches you’d prefer to cut.
  • Remember to never remove more than ¼ of a tree’s crown in a season, this can make your tree look a little over-pruned.
  • Ideally, the main side branches should be at least ⅓ smaller than the diameter of the trunk.
  • For most deciduous (broadleaf) trees, don’t prune up from the bottom any more than ⅓ of the tree’s total height.
  • For most species, the tree should have a single trunk. Identify the best leader and later branches before you begin pruning and remove defective parts before pruning for form.
  • Don’t worry about protecting pruning cuts. For aesthetics, you may feel better painting large wounds but it doesn’t prevent or reduce decay.
  • Keep tools sharp. One-hand pruning shears with curved blades work best on young trees.
  • For high branches use a pole pruner.
  • Remember that a major job on a big tree should be done by a professional arborist.
  • For larger branches, cut outside the branch bark and ridge collar (swollen area). Do not leave a protruding stub. If the limb is too small to have formed a collar cut close.
  • When simply shortening a small branch, make the cut at a lateral bud or another lateral branch. Favor a bud that will produce a branch that will grow in desired direction (usually outward). The cut should be sharp and clean and made at a slight angle about ¼ inch beyond the bud.

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