Pruning Mistakes to Avoid
Tree topping is a pruning technique that could harm your trees permanently. Given this, it’s critical to understand when and how tree pruning takes place. Your trees should be inspected annually, but they can be pruned.
How Often Should I Trim the Tree, and When?
Branch pruning is best done when the branch is less than 3″ thick. Structural pruning ensures that growing branches have enough room and a solid, stable attachment to the trunk throughout the first five years of a tree’s life.
Once a tree’s structure is set, the only pruning that should be done is to remove “The Four D’s.”
- Dead: Still determining if a branch is dead or alive? Scratch the bark. If it’s green underneath, it’s alive.
- Deranged: A branch growing out of place has co-dominant stems, crossing or rubbing branches, or branches growing toward the tree’s center.
Periodic maintenance allows for healthy growth and the space needed to live up to its full potential
How Much Should Be Trimmed?
It’s crucial to keep in mind that every cut results in a wound. Because of this, it’s crucial to remove only what is necessary. Better is less! The removal of ALL infected or dead wood is required. Otherwise, adhere to these rules:
- For a young tree, at most 25% of the tree’s live wood should be removed yearly.
- For a mature tree, at most 20% of the tree’s live wood should be removed yearly.
This brings up lacing and thinning, two other hazardous behaviors. This systematic but risky approach starves a tree, causing it to produce fewer leaves and, consequently, less energy. It is a fallacy that thinned-out trees are more resistant to wind damage because the wind may pass through them. The exact reverse is true! Wind can reach every limb when the tree is overly thin.
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