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When trees are added as part of the landscape, they need to be maintained regularly through pruning. Tree pruning ensures safety while maintaining the desired aesthetic appeal.
This task involves more than just cutting the branches without an understanding of how to carry out the task correctly. Improper care can damage the tree and may shorten its life. Therefore, learn how to properly prune or hire a professional arborist.
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Common reasons for cutting trees include removal of dead branches, to make space around crowded limbs or to eliminate a potential danger. Trees also need to be thinned in a number of scenarios. Although this may not improve tree health, it can reduce the amount of energy that trees must spend to grow.
If trees are present in areas with high pedestrian traffic, trees may need to have lower branches trimmed or removed to make clear paths for people. And finally, when a tree becomes part of the landscape, it may grow beyond the desired size. Therefore, this needs to be reduced through tree pruning.
The right time of year to cut trees is when they are not active. This phase lasts from late fall to early spring. Also, consider waiting until the leaves fall from the tree to get a better view of the whole structure. This will help make a clear plan for how and where to make cuts.
When removing a branch, cutting must be done on the branch collar, which is the area where the branch is connected to the parent branch or tree trunk, depending on where the branch grows inside the tree. If a dead branch grows from the collar of a living branch, the cut must be made right above the part of the living tree.