Things to Know about Tree Pruning

by Kevin Smith Author

Tree pruning in Snellville is important for keeping your trees healthy and preventing broken branches from damaging people or property. Before you start lopping off branches, it's important to know the basics of proper tree pruning techniques and to also understand why you may want to trust the professionals instead. Here's what you need to know.

Why to Prune

Pruning is good for your trees because it removes dead and diseased branches and allows air to circulate better. In addition, it results in prettier trees because they have a better shape. It also keeps trees from damaging property and obstructing views.

When to Prune

While the optimal time to prune your trees can vary depending on the tree variety, winter is often the best time. This is because pruning is easier on the tree when it's in a dormant state. Pruning your trees when dormant makes it less likely that disease or insects will get into the wounds that pruning causes. It also helps more food be directed to the remaining limbs so that spring growth is more vigorous. The end of the winter when the coldest part is over is the best time to prune. Pruning during the winter is also easier simply because there aren't leaves to obstruct your view. It's easier to get a clear picture of what branches and limbs need to go because you can see the interior structure better.

How Much to Prune

It can be difficult to know exactly how much of your tree to prune. As a general rule, no more than a quarter of the crown should be removed. The trunk should be about a third of the entire height of the tree, so the branches can be pruned to make up the other two-thirds. Pruning amounts can vary depending on the type of tree as well as its overall health, so it's generally best to contact an arborist to provide guidance or do the pruning itself.

Pruning Safety

Tree pruning in Snellville can be a dangerous job, especially if your trees are large. If you're going to attempt pruning yourself, be sure to have a protective hat, glasses, gloves, and a harness if you'll be up high. Hiring a professional is a good idea for large trees because they not only have the right equipment to ensure the technician's safety, but they know the proper methods to ensure limbs fall the right direction to avoid damaging surrounding structures.

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