The Ultimate Guide to Pruning and Trimming Trees

Want your lawn to stand out and elevate your home’s landscape? Having the know-how to prune and trim your trees is one way to improve your home’s curb appeal. Pruning and trimming your trees also allows you to enjoy your outdoor space. Not only does pruning your trees give you a good-looking lawn, but it improves the health of the trees while protecting your property and the people living in your household. In this guide, we discuss everything you need to know about pruning and trimming trees.

Why Do Trees Need Pruning and Trimming?

Trees can grow well without pruning or trimming, but they flourish into better-looking and healthier plants when they are. Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure, which involves using a tree pole saw to selectively remove certain parts of a tree, such as branches or buds that may be dead or diseased. Trimming, on the other hand, is thinning out overgrown branches to create a shapely growth. When trees are left untamed, they can grow very wildly, with branches growing in different directions, leaving them looking scraggly and uneven. This overgrowth impacts their overall health. The extra branches prevent the trees from getting the moisture, light, and nutrients necessary for them to thrive.

Besides removing dead or diseased parts of the tree, pruning also helps:

  • Revamp the form of the tree
  • Control the plant size
  • Reduce risk by protecting people and property from hazardous narrow-angled branches
  • Improve light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or landscape below increasing foliage while decreasing the risk of disease

For the more mature trees, pruning is a corrective or preventative measure since routine thinning does not improve their health at this point.

How often should you trim and prune trees?

How often you trim or prune your tree depends on your preference. If you feel that your trees look too large or out of shape, they probably need some maintenance. However, most people tend to take advantage of the dormant season to take out their tree pole saw to give their trees a fresh look. Typically, as a general rule of thumb, trimming is done once or twice a year.

Pruning can be done strategically at specific times of the year, depending on the tree species you have in your backyard. Spring flowering trees are typically pruned after their blooming cycle towards mid-summer. Summer flowering trees and fruit trees are pruned during winter or spring.

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, it is important to prune your trees to thin out branches and remove dead limbs since too much foliage can cause a tree to be too heavy. This could result in them falling over more easily during storms leading to property damage.

Proper pruning and trimming of your trees are essential in developing a healthy, robust tree with desirable form. Trees that receive proper pruning when they are young require less corrective pruning when they are more mature. A good structure of the primary branches is formed when the tree is young.

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