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6 Tips for Frugal Tree Pruning

Trees are a wonderful addition to any house or commercial building. They also need to be pruned to reduce the risk of damage from overgrowth. Aesthetics play a part in pruning as well since you want your trees to enhance your property’s value. Here, we offer six tips on pruning.

1. Prune in the Fall and Winter

Pruning is most beneficial when trees aren’t actively growing. This also helps you avoid the risk of stopping or stunting new growth. You’ll be reducing the risk of fungal infections and issues with insects, too.

2. Cut on the Branch Side of the Stem Collar

The stem collar is the lip of tissue that separates tree branches and stems. Cutting on the branch side of the stem collar protects new growth. This approach to tree cutting also promotes healing more effectively.

3. Don’t Overdo It

Prune as little as possible. A good rule of thumb is to limit pruning to no more than 25% of the tree’s branches at any one time. Be careful with pruning the top of trees as well. Disturbing the crown of a tree too much leaves it susceptible to damage from insects and storms.

4. Have a Plan

Don’t start pruning without a plan. Think about what you want to accomplish with pruning. You can even draw a diagram of your yard and the trees to get a better idea of what will work best for your property and the trees on it. Also, consider the following factors:

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Spacing between the trees
  • The overall look and feel of your yard
  • The age and health of the tree

5. Pick and Choose the Right Pruning Tools

Hand pruning shears are best for branches less than 1 inch in diameter. A lopper or pruning saw can be used for larger branches. Also, choose quality tools for your pruning needs and ones that are a good fit for your hands. For instance, ergonomically designed gardening shears help reduce stress on your hands and arms. If you use a ladder, be sure to first steady it on solid ground.

6. Clean Your Shears When You’re Finished

Lastly, clean your gardening shears and any other pruning tools you used as soon as you complete the task. Taking this extra step ensures that you’ll be able to prune correctly the next time. You’ll also be extending the life of your pruning tools.

Call us today at Curtis Point Tree Service to learn more about the tree pruning and maintenance services we offer for our customers in Spokane, WA.

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