Tree Pruning

Tree Pruning Services

Proper tree pruning is essential in developing strong structure and desirable form. Tree Pruning should be done regularly to young and old trees alike.  Pruning trees will establish a strong and sturdy trunk, and encourages the growth of well-spaced branches.  Pruning helps maintain the natural form of the tree, removes parts that are not good for it, and encourages healthful growth and longevity. The primary aboricultural service is tree pruning, because it is the most important process for healthy tree growth.  Don’t delay – call Releaf Tree Works today to learn how we can manage the tree pruning process for your trees.

Pruning Young Trees

Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature. The goal in training young trees is to establish a strong trunk with sturdy, well-spaced branches. The strength of the branch structure depends on the relative sizes of the branches, the branch angles, and the spacing of the limbs. Naturally, those factors vary with the growth habit of the tree. Pin oaks and sweetgums, for example, have a conical shape with a central leader. Elms and live oaks are often wide-spreading without a central leader. Other trees, such as lindens and Bradford pears, are densely branched. Good pruning techniques remove structurally weak branches while maintaining the natural form of the tree.

Pruning Newly Planted Trees

Pruning of newly planted trees should be limited to corrective pruning. Remove torn or broken branches, and save other pruning measures for the second or third year.

The belief that trees should be pruned when planted to compensate for root loss is misguided. Trees need their leaves and shoot tips to provide food and the substances that stimulate new root production. Unpruned trees establish faster with a stronger root system than trees pruned at the time of planting.

© 2007 International Society of Arboriculture.
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