05/04/2023 by All Season Tree Service
Trimming Like a Pro: The Expert's Guide to Different Pruning Techniques
Proper tree care is a crucial part of landscaping, and regular pruning can do wonders for their health and appearance. However, if you're not confident in your pruning skills, it's best to leave it to the professionals. That's where our local tree care service comes in.
When you work with seasoned professionals, you’ll see first-hand the multiple types of pruning techniques available. Keep reading to learn more about how we can help you maintain beautiful, healthy trees in your yard.
The Importance of Pruning
Several benefits come from pruning the trees in your garden.
First, pruning is the process of removing dead, heavily damaged, and dying branches. Pruning off these branches will encourage and allow room for new growth and can deter animals and pests from nesting in the tree.
Secondly, regular tree pruning will keep the people around it safe. Dead branches can break off the tree without warning and injure anyone standing underneath it when it falls. If the trees hang over your roof, pruning away dead limbs can save your property from damage.
Types of Pruning
You can perform emergency pruning, like removing dead branches, at any time of the year, but other pruning should be done in fall or early winter. Pruning your trees outside this period could cause unnecessary stress, damaging the tree. There are several different types of pruning you can do, and we'll discuss four in more detail:
- Dead Pruning
- Crown Thinning
- Crown Lifting
- Crown Reduction
Dead pruning, as the name suggests, means removing dead or dying branches from the tree. This pruning type reduces the risk of injury from falling branches and improves the tree's overall appearance. As a homeowner, you always want to consider your property's curb appeal, which you can enhance by tree pruning.
The purpose of this pruning type is not to encourage new growth but to improve air circulation and light penetration around the trees. Additionally, crown thinning shouldn't affect the overall shape of the tree.
If you have low-hanging branches getting in the way of pedestrians or motor vehicles, you will need to perform crown lifting. Proceed with caution because this pruning type can overstress your tree and cause harm.
Sometimes a tree will grow too high and become top-heavy. Top-heavy trees can cause problems, so reducing the tree's height can help. However, this type of pruning is also limited to young trees rather than mature, established trees.
Keep Your Trees Healthy and Safe
Pruning your property's trees can reduce the risk of injury and improve your home's curb appeal. Knowing the types of pruning you can do means you can make the best decision for each tree's needs. For example, if your tree is too high, experts recommend reducing the crown, and if your tree has many dead branches, then dead pruning should be performed.
At All Season Tree Service, we have a dedicated team of professionals waiting to help. Get in touch with us to schedule your free estimate. We offer pruning, tree and stump removal, and tree shaping services in Edmonton and surrounding areas.