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Is it necessary to prune trees?

February 22, 2021

Pruning is the most popular method for tree maintenance. Pruning must be performed by someone who has a proper understanding of tree science. Improper pruning can make enduring harm or even shorten the tree's life.


Why should I consider tree pruning?

Since every cut can possibly change the development of the tree, no branch ought to be taken out with no reason. Common reasons behind pruning trees are:

  • To eliminate dead branches
  • To improve structure
  • And to reduce hazard

Trees may also be pruned to expand light and air infiltration to within the tree's crown. As a general rule, mature trees are pruned as preventive measures since routine thinning doesn’t necessarily help with tree’s health.


When should I get my tree pruned?

Standard and regular pruning done to eliminate frail, sick, or dead limbs can be performed any time throughout the year with little impact on the tree. However, if pruning is performed for the purpose of growth and wound closers, you get maximum results when pruning is done just before the spring growth.


What pruning techniques are usually followed?

Certain kinds of pruning might be important to keep a mature tree in a safe, healthy, and good condition.

  • Cleaning: when dying (or dead), unhealthy, weakly attached branches are removed from the crown of a tree.
  • Thinning: it’s performed when a particular branch is removed to improve structure and to improve light and air movement through the crown. When thinning is properly performed, it opens the foliage of the tree, helps retain its natural shape and reduces weight on heavy branches.
  • Raising: when the lower branches from a tree are removed to give clearance to cars, properties, people, etc...
  • When the size of the tree is reduced, the technique is called Reduction. When comparing to tree lopping, reduction helps maintain the structure and the form of the tree.


Pruning Young Trees

Trees that get the correct pruning measures while they are young will require less work as they grow. It is essential to perform proper pruning to trees in order to have a strong structure and a healthy form.

Pruning young trees require a maintenance of a single dominant leader to grow upwards and it’s advised not to prune back the tip of this dominant leader or allow other branches to overgrow it.


Pruning Palms

Most pruning of palms is done to eliminate dead fronds, inflorescence (blooming), as well as fruiting bunches, especially those that might be a possible danger to people in general. Pruning is generally done twice a year.

With Palm pruning, it is best for the palm if green fronds are left untouched. Over pruned palms may suffer a slower growth and may cause pests attraction. Climbing spikes shouldn’t be used to climb palms in the case of pruning, since they might wound the palm trunk.


In the end, if you’re looking to prune your tree, it is always advisable to reach out to a professional as an inexperienced tree pruning procedure can cause more damage to the tree and can result in potential accidents for both you and the tree.


If you have a tree pruning job, give us a call on 0435 860 458 and we’ll get it sorted for you!

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