The Perfect Cut: A Guide to Prune Trees

There comes a time when trees in your yard start to look shaggier and more overgrown than how you remembered them. While you might want to start trimming them immediately, the health of the tree could potentially be damaged. Here are some tips for how to prune trees the proper way.

          First let’s cover the health of the tree and the typical time to prune it. The ideal time is late summer, and not too early in the spring after a tree has formed back leaves. Trimming too early could potentially damage the health of the tree. If you want to prune for a particular form or structure, it’s best to do this after all the leaves have fallen, so branches are seen clearly with no distractions. It’s best to avoid any type of cutting or maintenance from January through March. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

·    Avoid trees wanting to form a V shape. Trees that conform to this shape are more prone to splitting and damage during harsh weather events. Try removing one of the stems during the optimal times talked about above to avoid this type of tree shape.

·    Maintain trees that are closer together, since having too many branches side by side can cause problems. Smaller, unwanted branches can slow down the growth and progress of the larger branches.

·    When making the cut, make sure to not cut off too far or too close to the trunk, as both can be harmful to the tree. Cutting too far away leaves an ugly stub prone to insect infestation and delays the healing of the wound. Cut too close, and the flesh of the tree will be exposed, leaving the healing of the wound to be delayed. The best range is about 2-3 inches from the trunk.

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