When you see tree pruning and tree cutting right next to each other, you might be thinking that they are the same. However, while they sound similar, there is a noticeable difference between the two. Tree trimming & cutting are done most to maintain a tree's physical appearance while tree pruning is done to maintain the tree's total health. Just because a tree has dying branches does not mean that the entire tree is on the brink of dying. We can spot those branches and correctly cut them allowing the nutrients to flow to the tree's healthiest parts.
Why Should Pruning Be Done?
When and How Often Is Pruning Done?
There are so many factors that determine whether pruning trees will effective or not. First, you must know what you would like to be accomplished. As we have stated before, pruning is a very difficult part of our job and we could make a book detailing all the different techniques that we have used. We know that this would put you to sleep having to read this, so here are some general rules to determine if your tree needs work done (as with everything, there will always be exceptions due to each species' uniqueness):
- Basic pruning and basic tree cleaning can be done all year round, even in the winter.
- If you most want to see your tree grow, we recommend pruning in the winter after the coldest have finished. When properly pruned in the winter, the tree is tricked into compensating for the limbs it lost. By the time spring starts, those newly grown limbs provide even more nutrients throughout the tree. In turn, it grows even more.
- If a tree has grown much larger than you had anticipated and want to slow down its growth rate, it is best to prune during the summer. It is also best to do it if the seasonal growth has halted. When you do this, the open leaf surface amounts decrease which creates food and passes it to the roots. With open surfaces lessened, food absorption is worsened which in turn decreases the tree's growth rate.