Tree pruning is often done for a variety of reasons that range from improving the health of your trees to making them and the surrounding area safer.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PRUNE MY TREE?
There are many benefits to pruning during the dormant season, but it’s not the only time of year we can prune trees.
Determining when to prune your tree or shrub should take into account the species, the type of pruning, its health or vitality, susceptibility to insects or disease, or the reason why you’re pruning it. Factoring all these considerations is the job of an arborist.
Our Certified Arborists will help you weigh the options, and make the best decision based on your pruning objective.
WHAT TYPE OF PRUNING DO MY TREES NEED?
This depends largely on your objective for pruning.
If you want to maintain or improve the health of your trees, they would benefit from a canopy clean-up or possibly some thinning. During a canopy clean-up, our arborists will prune out dead, diseased, or dying branches, crossing or rubbing branches, and while in the tree they will do a general inspection of tree health.
If your trees hang down or grow so low that they interfere with your activities or property, our arborists could help by elevating the canopy. This means the arborist will prune off branches or limbs to increase the clearance between the branches and the roof, yard, driveway, wires, or pool.
Pruning immature trees regularly (every 3-5 years) is extremely important to their long-term development. Our arborists will determine which branches will become the main structural scaffold of the tree when it is mature. It is also important that our arborists recognize and remove any limbs that will develop into structural problems.
HOW SHOULD I MAINTAIN MY SHRUBS?
Maintain your shrubs for health, and a tidy appearance and maintain them at the desired size.
While some shrubs take to shearing and hedging well, most shrubs benefit from the pruning techniques we use for trees. When our arborists use this technique, they are able to maintain a shrub’s natural shape, promote flowering from year to year and they are able to maintain a healthier shrub that can fend off insects and diseases with more success.