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Pruning: The Benefits of Different Types

Dec 22

Pruning: The Benefits of Different Types

Washington Tree Solution

We love the way that snow sticks to individual branches on our trees during Wisconsin winters. We sometimes notice broken branches in the crown of trees during snowfalls. These are signs that pruning is required for safety and tree health.

When discussing pruning practices, we prefer using descriptive terminology. This is to help explain the factors involved in different parts of trees. Let's get to the point: what is tree-pruning?

Different Types of Tree Pruning

The most common form of pruning is to remove branches that are visibly broken, dying, or diseased. Certified Arborists are skilled at identifying these types of branches, no matter if they are on the trees. Arborists have a natural ability to identify and remove such branches every day.

Tree pruning helps open a tree’s crown to allow air movement and more light by removing broken, diseased or dead branches. Tree pruning reduces branch risk by removing foliage and branches. It also reduces the tree's weight from extended branches and limbs. The amount of pruning that can be done on a tree by an arborist is restricted. The rule of thumb is to trim less than one-fourth of the tree's foliage.

Storms often reveal to homeowners which branches could pose danger to buildings, signs, or electrical wires. Unfortunately, this information may not be fully understood until the branch has failed. Certified Arborists will be able to handle poorly attached branches before they become dangerous to the tree or cause damage to property. The tree will thrive in its natural environment for many more years if these branches are removed. A structural pruning method that involves removing branches from the top of the tree is to trim the lateral branches. This preserves the tree's central leader. The branch reduction pruning process won't cause the same problems that tree topping, which makes large, indiscriminate cuts to the top of trees. Instead, structural pruning helps improve the future growth and health of trees by managing branch density as well as branch diameter ratios. Trees can be shaded and beautiful for many years to come.

Other Tree Pruning Options

Trees that are too close to or in tight spaces will need special pruning. For areas such as courtyards, patios, or overhead lights, you will need to prune with special care to ensure that they are free from maintenance issues.

Topiary is a type of specialized pruning. This is when certain kinds of trees or shrubs are pruned to perfection. It can create a striking effect and make a tree or shrub stand out. A topiary plant is a type of tree or shrub that needs to be maintained in order to keep it looking good.

Over time, branches can grow into obstructions or hang low above the yard. A specialist pruning service can help restore the desired view of a tree branch-blocked area. To help you see the perfect scenery, you can either prune out entire branches, thin out trees, or trim low branches.

What the pruning is supposed to accomplish will help you decide what branches should be removed. Wachtel Tree Science has a team of certified arborists that want to improve the tree's health. We select the appropriate pruning methods depending on the type of tree and the season. Get your tree pruning scheduled by calling us today.


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