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Pruning & Trimming Trees Instructions

  • Pruning & Trimming Trees

    Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to help develop its shape. Pruning can help spur growth in foliage, fruit and flowers as well as remove diseased and damaged areas. Late winter and early spring offer good tree and shrub pruning opportunities because it's far easier to see the shape of the tree and the branch patterns without the foliage.

  • Overview

    The season you're in will effect the types of pruning you should do. Study the shape of the tree as it is now and then decide how you would like it to look. Determine the cuts that you need to make and make sure that you choose the right tools for the job. Finally, make the proper cuts that will results in a healthy and aesthetic looking tree, take your time as all cuts are final.

  • Seasonality

    Spring is a great time to prune for overall shape. While summer pruning should be limited to light pruning to force new growth. Fall pruning should be limited to clearing away dead areas. Because of dormancy, winter pruning is the best time to prune deciduous trees.

  • Transplanting

    Regardless of the season, it may be necessary to prune a tree that you are transplanting. Maintain a balance between of the top of the tree and the root base by trimming both in equal proportion.

  • Study and Shape

    Before you start pruning, take time and study the shape of the tree from many views. There are five things to look for: (1) broken branches, (2) low limbs, (3) branches that cross, (4) branches shooting up too close to the main trunk and (5) crowded limbs.

  • Proper Tools

    Regardless of the tool you use it is very important that the blade remain sharp so that all cuts are smooth and not jagged. Handsaws are used on larger limbs. Two-handed shears on branches two inches in diameter, and one-handed shears on branches up to one-half inch. Extended reach pruners will help you cut the out of reach areas. Avoid accidents by never standing directly under the cutting area.

  • Handsaw

    Follow these tips when using the handsaw. Make the first cut on the bottom of the branch about half-way through and about 5 inches from the truck. Second, make another half cut from the top but on the outside of the bottom cut. Finally make a complete cut where the branch meets the trunk.

  • Final Cuts

    When making the final cuts, cut branches and limbs just above the branch collar which helps the tree heal faster. More professionals are deciding to not use tree paint to cover newly cut areas as they heal better if done naturally.

  • Shape of Tree

    If your goal is to have a taller but thinner tree, you should trim the branches to the inside bud. If you would like to have a wider spreading tree, trim branches to the outside bud.


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