10 Tips for Trimming Beautiful Trees
Basic rules for trimming
For various reasons, we must Trim plants from time to time. The reason may be to structure, to ramify, to reduce or even to increase fruit or flower production.
Whatever the reason, the best time to do so is between November and March when the vegetation is resting. However, frosty periods should also be avoided. Light trimming can be done during Spring or Summer. For flowering bushes, you should wait till the end of blossoming. For Spring flowering bushes, like currant plants, you run the risk of eliminating the buds if you trim before Winter. For Summer flowering bushes, you should do so before vegetation commences.
A clean cut is important and you should put a protective covering on the bigger cuts. For a clean cut, first saw underneath the branch and then above it. This avoids tearing the bark. Cut just above an eye, as the opening will heal easier (it is close to a flow of sap).
Use appropriate tools and sharp blades. You will avoid risks of plant disease if you follow these basic rules.
Tips for Trimming
Whether you have coniferous, deciduous, or fruit-bearing trees, there is a certain amount of maintenance that needs to be done each year to keep them healthy. Trimming and pruning are especially important as it prevents damage from spreading. To keep your trees full and beautiful, here are a few pruning tips from your professional Tree trimming service.
1/ Know when to trim
The best time to trim your tree is during the cold season. Fall and winter usually cause most trees to go dormant. When this happens, it’s easiest to trim the tree because there are no leaves to inhibit your view of the buds and Branches.
2/ Don’t trim just any branch
Before you start pruning, it’s important to consider the size of each branch. If a branch is less than 5 centimeters in diameter, it’s fine to trim. If the branch is any larger than that, you may want to reconsider. Unless there is an important reason to trim the branch, these large, strong branches should remain intact.
3/ Trim weak and damaged branches
The point of pruning a tree is to remove branches that are preventing the tree from putting all of its energy into healthy branches. If a branch is weak or damaged, it should be pruned. Lateral branches should be about one-half to three-quarters of the diameter of the stem. If they are less than this, they are okay to be cut off.
4/ The earlier the better
If you catch weak or damaged branches when they are younger, it’s better to prune them. This reduces the risk of scars and shock to the rest of the tree.
5/ When trimming a tree
never remove more than one-quarter of the branches at a time. This could cause the tree to go into shock. If more than one-quarter needs to be trimmed, spread it out over the course of a few years.
6/ Trees should never trump safety
If your trees are in danger of damaging power lines or homes, it’s time to trim them. It’s also important to provide a clear path for pedestrians and drivers. Carefully prune a tree to ensure that you and others are kept safe.
7/ When pruning a tree
Keep the lateral branches evenly spaced out. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but it promotes healthy growth for the tree.
8/ If you Need to Remove More
If you need to remove more than half of the branches and leaves from its stem, it’s better to remove the whole branch. This prevents damage from spreading.
9/ Be sure to wear protective gear when pruning.
Eyewear, gloves, and harnesses should be worn to prevent injury.
10/ Call a professional when you are unsure how to proceed.
Trees can be tricky to trim. If you aren’t sure how to prune your branches, leave it to the professionals.
Pruning your trees is important to the growth of branches and the overall health of your tree. Whether you choose to trim them yourself, make sure that your trees are well taken care of.
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