Good evening! We hope that you are having a good week! Today we are continuing our series about tree trimming during the winter. But today we’re going to look at some tree trimming tips before you make the first cut. This way you know how to get started.
Tree Trimming Tips 1 – Figure Out the Species of the Tree
Different tree species produce fresh flowers or leaves during different months of the year. you want to understand the type of tree that you are cutting before you prune it so you won’t disrupt the tree’s growth.
When you trim the tree while it’s dormant, it ensures that you won’t deplete its needed energy during the more stressful periods such as the summer months. When you are pruning in the winter, your tree’s not trying to regrow those limbs that have been cut. It is storing up those nutrients that it needs for surviving the cold weather and it’s waiting until spring to heal.
Tree Trimming Tips 2 – Determine the Age of the Tree
Make sure that you aren’t trimming a tree that is newly planted, since the majority of species will need a minimum of two years for rooting and completely establishing before they have the energy for recovering from being pruned. If your tree is older than 2 years and it’s healthy, feel free to trim it
Tree Trimming Tips 3 – Assess Your Tree’s Overall Health
Is your tree looking healthy? If the tree’s overgrown, you have a vibrant tree, and the growing environment is great. This means it’s a great tree to prune while it’s dormant.
If you are seeing dead, diseased or damaged branches but the tree’s overall base appears strong, the first thing that you should do is to remove those branches. They are taking the tree’s essential resources, and this probably means that the tree’s sending lots of energy to those areas so it can recover. When you cut the dead weight, it’s going to help with ensuring the tree isn’t wasting the nutrients on those areas.
There are times when a tree’s beyond help. Try bending a small section of a really good-looking branch. If the branch breaks easily, it’s possible that your tree’s dying. Other signs to look for are leaves changing color prematurely, thinning of the canopy, cracked bark, or wilting.
Tree Trimming Tips 4 – Consider the Function of the Tree
Where’s the tree located on your property? Is it your yard’s main shade tree? Is it blocking an unsightly part of the yard?
The way you’re trimming your tree really can affect the safety of your landscape as well as influence the other plants. For example, pruning the branches that are overgrown can give you a clearer line of view to help you with feeling safe during the night. But when you cut off a lot of the tree it could kill your shade-loving plants that are at the tree’s base.
These are four tree trimming tips that you want to remember before you even start to trim your tree. Not comfortable trimming and pruning your trees? Contact us here and we’ll be glad to give you a quote.