Tree pruning enhances proper growth and illuminates the beauty of a tree. The primary goal for pruning a to encourage healthy and strong branches growing the right direction. Experts have concurred that pruning stimulates growth by first, removing misdirected, wayward and weak branches then pruning to boost the tree’s natural form. Also, pruning is done for safety in the instances where the branches are too weak to withstand snow, ice or heavy winds. Safety issues also occur when there are branches that extend to roads or electricity power lines.
Further, there are health reasons to initiate pruning. For example, trimming allows fresh and adequate light as opposed to a scenario where you’d have dead or weak branches that are hanging around obstructing light and air. The Following are a few essential tips to successful pruning;
Analyze Your Pruning Objectives
It is important that tree owners understand the reasons and objectives for their pruning. As aforementioned the main reasons for pruning include safety, beautification or visual appeal and the tree’s health. Trees could be continuously pruned for safety if they are adjacent to electricity lines or if some branches spread to roads and streets. Once you understand the objective of your pruning, you can thereafter begin the process to acquire the desired results.
Understand the natural shape of your tree
In principle, trees have two main shapes including the pyramid/inverted shape and the spherical pattern. The spherical pattern trees generally have a single stem situated at the bottom of the tree that divides into major branches that in turn divide into smaller branches. The other type called the pyramid or the inverted pattern which have a single stem that grows to the entire length of a tree then the subsequent branches grow out of that stem.
Prune at the right time
Primarily the best time to initiate trimming and pruning is during the dormancy period. However, it is also important to know that pruning depends on the type of tree. In a nutshell, spring blossoming plants should be pruned right after they bloom whereas the fall blossoming plants should be pruned during winter which is its dormancy period. In essence, this practice ensures that when the conditions are conducive for growth, the effects of pruning are more likely to be realized if it is done beforehand.
Pruning is actually health care for plants as it entails getting rid of the unwanted parts and shaping the integral parts for better growth. Majorly the parts to be pruned are crossings, rubbing branches and deadwood. Proper care dictates that you use proper pruning techniques and use of correct cutting devices.