Pruning is an Essential Service for Optimal Tree Health

Pruning is an Essential Service for Optimal Tree Health

Why Prune My Trees?

Pruning trees to remove decaying tree branches is crucial to your safety! Even a brief wind storm can cause dead branches to fall and harm nearby people, structures, and power lines. Furthermore, regular pruning ensures that your trees will be both strong and appealing. Trees that go without regular pruning can grow asymmetrical. This weakens the structure of the tree, and it also negates all the hard work you put into your curb appeal.

When Should I Have My Trees Pruned?

It’s best to prune when the trees are dormant during the winter. Any time after the leaves fall in autumn and before you start to see spring blossoms is sufficient. This is because trees that are pruned during their dormancy stage are much less stressed than trees pruned when they are growing. Since trees become stressed after being pruned, they become more susceptible to pests and fungus. In the winter, pests and fungus are much less likely to spread because they are dormant as well, which helps keep the tree safe. Here at Eric’s Tree Service, we like to have our customer’s trees pruned before Connecticut’s severe winter weather hits. Doing so allows you to have peace of mind that dead branches will not be a hazard during your holiday festivities!

How Often Should My Trees Be Pruned?

It depends on the tree! Some trees, such as apple trees and most fruit trees, have to be pruned every year. An overgrowth of branches means that the fruit has to fight for space to grow. Furthermore, fruit trees are more susceptible to pests and fungus. We’re pros at detecting any of these problems at the very first sign, and can get rid of the affected area to save the tree. Younger trees should also be pruned annually as this will foster a healthy structure and lead to healthier developed trees, but it’s important that a tree not be pruned during the first year of life. Robust mature trees may not have to be pruned quite as often, but please develop a pruning schedule with a certified arborist since each tree is unique.

Can I Prune My Own Trees?

Typically we don’t recommend it. Pruning larger trees can pose a serious risk for some one who is not a trained and experienced arborist. Also, the health of your tree could be jeopardized if pruning is done improperly. Pruning too close or too far from the tree trunk can give pests an entrance point and delay healing. Additionally, it’s crucial that damage is never done to any part of the tree trunk. If you choose to trim back some branches of your smaller trees and shrubs make sure to use clean and sharp pruning shears, and never prune more than one-third of a plant.

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