Pruning a tree properly early in its life is a good way to effectively avoid many potential problems when the tree is older and larger. When done correctly, routine pruning of trees will not promote future defects. If done incorrectly, immediate problems may be removed, but cracks, decay, cankers or poor tree structure can develop ultimately endangering the health of the tree.
A Bear Landscaping professional can help to evaluate the pruning needs of your trees so they remain beautiful and healthy whether the pruning is for preventative or for corrective measures. Each tree is different, so depending on the type of tree or shrub and even the season of the year, pruning methods can vary greatly. Let the experts at Bear Landscaping take care of those details for you.
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The most common reason to prune include:
- To thin the tree canopy for more light and air flow – crown thinning
- To remove storm or disease ridden branches – dead wood removal
- To reduce the overall height of the tree – crown reduction
- To remove obstructing lower branches – crown raising
- To shape the tree for health and aesthetic reasons – structural pruning
- To reduce the weight of the branches – end weight reduction pruning
Tree Pruning Benefits
Tree pruning has many benefits which include safety, appearance, restoration, structure and visual access.
Safety: When we prune your trees we are removing
a lot of dead branches or possibly hazardous branches
that could fall on a person or a structure. Another
important safety concern is pruning trees away from
utility lines, walks, driveways and the roof of your
Appearance: Trimming and pruning your trees
helps to maintain their natural beauty in a healthy
Structure: Removal of crossing branches
or branches rubbing together. Thinning the crown of a
tree helps to improve air flow reducing the chance
of humidity related diseases and lets more light reach
Visual Access: By removing extra branches and
limbs you are better able to enjoy your landscape
and the sights beyond your trees.
Mature Tree Pruning
Mature trees need to be pruned regularly to remove dead
or diseased wood and to remove excessive weight from the ends
of branches. The process called end weight reduction pruning
will reduce the likelihood of branch breakage. This type of pruning can circumvent many hazards occurring during storms or high wind
conditions. The trained staff at Bear Landscaping are well equipped to make sure your trees are professionally pruned. Preventive,
professional pruning means you hopefully will never need to be a victim of storm damage.
Lack of regular tree pruning can cause serious issues, so can inadequate pruning. Improper pruning compromises the health of your trees. A tree should never be “topped” — this harmful practice ruins the tree’s natural structure, starves the tree by removing a high percentage of food-producing leaves, creates openings for disease, and initiates the tree’s eventual demise.
Homeowners should inspect their trees every year. This can be done at any time be it spring, summer or fall, and most importantly, after severe storms. Bear Landscaping can also help you evaluate your trees carefully and systematically to give you sound advice on the best course of action to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and beautiful. Our inspections would start at the bottom checking the roots, trunk flare, the main stem, branches and branch unions. If necessary, we can also bore a small hole into the trunk of the tree to check for internal decay not visible from an exterior inspection.
Our tree inspections would include:
Check for dead twigs, branches or small, off-colored leaves. Check for vigorous branching,
a healthy crown and full-sized leaves. A healthy crown does not ensure the tree is safe.
The trunks and branches can be still be defective.
There are certain species of trees prone to specific types of issues. The bradford pear
and some species of maples and ash are prone to weak branch unions making them
vulnerable to breakage.
Tree Age and Size:
Trees are living organisms and are constantly subjected to environmental stress. Mature
trees should be inspected for signs of accumulated defects and extensive decay. Remember,
decay usually begins internally and is not always obvious from the exterior of the tree.