When deciding to prune a tree, it's important to consider why you're doing it. And similarly, why you're pruning will determine when you start as well, and how early you plan. Our clients decide to prune their trees for aesthetic purposes as well as risk reduction. But more commonly, we recommend you prune your tree to reduce risk of tree failure.
If you start during the winter, your tree will grow exponentially grow during the spring. Similarly, if you start during the summer, the rate of growth will slow - and this is good if your goal is to shape your tree. Regardless, you'll want to be finished with this process before the spring, in order to allow enough time for new growth to start. So ideally, the work is done between January to March.
Summer pruning also has its uses such as - for young trees and spring flowering trees.
There are a variety of tools that can be used to prune a tree. These vary based on the type of tree as well as the kind of cuts you want to achieve. If you get this step wrong you may, once again, do damage to the tree. Rest assured that no matter the kind of tree you have by your property, our Port Arthur Tree Service team have all the pruning tools required to leave your trees looking healthy. From hand shears, pruning saws, chainsaws, pole-pruners, we've got you covered! And don't forget the necessary protective equipment including safety goggles and a hard hat.
If however, you want to explore pruning your own trees, here's the strategy to follow... Be sure to start by focusing on the branches that appear damaged. This will allow the water inside them get redistributed to other more healthy branches. You can also pay attention to any sprouts near the trunk of the tree as well as any limbs of the branch that cross and touch each other.
There are different ways to cut large vs. small limbs.