If you get a terrible haircut, you don’t have to worry since it will grow back. Too bad the same can’t be said if you inaccurately prune your tree. The bottom line: prune too much and kill your tree! You can murder your favorite tree if you prune too much from the top, make an incorrect cut, or prune at the wrong time. Knowing the facts before you start tree trimming can stop you from killing your tree by accident.
Here are some essential facts to know about tree pruning.
Don’t Chop Off the Top
Just because your neighbor grumbles about your trees obstructing their sunshine doesn’t mean you have to get your chainsaw and chop off the top to please them.
Chopping off all the leaves around the tree’s top or over-pruning a significant section of the crown is called tree topping, and it is a deadly mistake folks make when tree pruning. Tree topping not only give you a distorted tree, it severely weakens the support structure and branches which can cause the tree to perish.
Timing Is Everything Even in Tree Pruning
Based on the condition and tree species, there are bad times and good times for tree trimming service.
If you aren’t confident and knowledgeable in tree pruning, you can severely harm your tree. Some types must be trimmed only in the spring while others have to be pruned just in the summer, and others in autumn. You should have your trees examined by an arborist before pruning.
Where and Where Not to Slice
Another fact people don’t think about when tree pruning is making inaccurate cuts. Cutting off branches near the trunk gets rid of the branch collar which contains specific cells that help the tree heal from being sliced. If you trim this area off, the wound could become contaminated by pests or disease which might kill the tree.
Also, you could mistakenly make your tree more vulnerable to pests and illnesses by taking off the bark if you don’t take the right steps when pruning big branches since their healing cells won’t correctly develop.
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