Tips for Effective Tree Pruning

Tips for Effectively Pruning Trees

We need to prune trees for a host of reasons. Branches which are dead, damaged and diseased should be removed to prevent insect and other harmful organisms from entering the tree. Pruning also helps maintain the appearance of trees. But to prune trees properly, you should know some important things. I spoke with tree removal company WNY Tree Services, and they gave me the following pruning tips:

Prune trees in the dormant season

The best time for pruning trees is the late fall. If you prune branches during this season, your tree will deal with less stress. During this time, your tree is less likely to get infected by fungus. Prune your tree after it has shed leaves. But do not wait for the dormant season if a branch gets damaged. Remove it as soon as possible.

Remove damaged branches first

Whatever the reason of the damage is, damaged branches should be removed as soon as possible. These branches still take some nutrients from the tree. If you remove these branches, healthy branches will get sufficient nutrients. Removing these branches is also aesthetically good for your tree.

Prune tender branches

It is not a good idea to prune old and aged branches. Rather, prune young branches. You will find it easier to prune young branches, and that will cause much less stress to the overall health of the tree. Pruning tender branches poses less threat to your tree. Pruning young branches also allows you to give the tree the shape you want.

Prune branches that cause obstructions

Some branches cause some problems such problems. They may be too close to your window, or they may block a narrow passage. Overgrown branches can also get too close to electric or telephone wires. Pruning these branches will not only remove these obstacles but also promote the health of your tree.

Do not prune too many branches

Although pruning is good for a tree, pruning can do some bad things if it is not done properly. Your tree becomes more likely to be infested by fungus and insects, for example. That is why you should prune only the branches which really need to be removed. A tree will become sick if it loses more than one-third of its branches. Prune your tree only once in a season. Frequent pruning can make a tree weak.

Clean your equipment

It is a good idea to make your shears pathogen-free before you use it to prune a tree. Pouring some rubber alcohol on the shears will do. If you do not clean your equipment properly, your tree may get some harmful germs.

Thin out thick areas

It is important to thin out areas that are thick with too many branches. It will make sure that your tree gets enough air and light. Good air circulation is necessary for healthy growth of your tree. Make the thick areas clutter-free.

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When Should You Call a Tree Company

When Should You call a Tree Company?

A nice backyard requires healthy plant life. Having lush trees or flowers that spruce up the backyard with colors is one of the objectives for most homeowners. But you have to remember these trees and flowers are living beings, and as such they require care. It’s for this reason that tree companies exist.

If you’re unsure on whether it’s the right time to call a tree company, we’re here to help you identify some of the ways to know.

Tree Health

People often get sick, you might have a cold and you’ll take treatment for it, or maybe you’ll go to the doctor if it’s bad enough. Your pet can also get sick, and if that happens a vet can examine them and help them better. Because they’re all living beings, they deserve treatment. Why should you expect anything different from trees?

Trees can get attacked by fungi and diseases. Through proper pruning and lopping, those diseases will be kept at bay and won’t affect your tree. In a similar manner, pruning helps eliminate dead and diseased branches, which makes the tree healthier. Lastly, getting a regular service you’ll help keep the diseases at bay, keeping nearby trees healthy as well.

Fruit Production

Assuming you have fruit-bearing trees, pruning and lopping will help out the plants and encourage fruit production. By removing diseased branches trees will become healthier, and that way they’ll be readily available to produce more fruits. Through pruning, spurs will be developed throughout the tree, which will mean more fruits will come next season.

Make Your House Stand Out

You might have lots of overgrown branches that hide your home, or maybe they don’t fit the rest of the landscaping. With a tree company, you’ll be able to clean the area around and make your view perfect.


This is especially important if there’s bad weather coming, as during these times tree branches can become a danger to you and to the surroundings. Getting a tree company to check out the tree means you can help remove all of the dead branches that can fall off and are a health risk. It’s also useful as it means that the branches won’t affect electrical wires or mechanical objects nearby, nor will they block the plumbing of your home.

If you’re afraid of bad weather, a tree company will protect you and your garden.

Tree growth

Through the right pruning techniques, it has been shown that tree growth is facilitated. You’ll also get the huge advantage of assuring the form and structural integrity of the tree, so your tree will thank you for years to come.

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