Tree Care

The Importance of Pruning Trees

pruning trees

Branches are pruned for various reasons, all of which result in a healthier and more beautiful tree. The maintenance of your landscape allows your trees to live a long, healthy life without having to cut them down every few years. You need to know why you should trim trees before you can learn how to trim them properly.

In pruning for plant health, the goal is to remove dead, dying, and diseased branches and branches that rub against each other, as well as any stubby branches, so the tree’s overall health is ensured. Increased foliage and lower disease risk in plants can be achieved by allowing light and air to filter throughout the canopy. Root suckers and water sprouts weaken the wood beneath the ground and remove nutrients. Helping a tree establish its dominant tree ensures that a tree can withstand winter storms and high winds.

The ideal plant is created by landscape maintenance and appearance pruning. Plants can be shaped into specific forms, and their size can be controlled by pruning trees in specific ways that encourage fruiting and flowering.

Many people overlook the safety that comes with pruning their trees, but this is an important consideration. Your family and friends will enjoy a safer environment if you trim the trees in your yard. A well-trimmed tree will grow more robust and stay healthier longer. People and property are threatened by dead branches, diseased trees, and weak tree limbs. Whenever you prune trees, make sure you check to see if tree branches are getting too close to safety lights, electrical lines, or blocking traffic views.

In the months before hurricane seasons, you may also need to thin out branches and remove dead limbs from trees. Overhanging canopy can cause trees to become top-heavy, causing them to fall over easier in storms, and falling branches can damage a house or plants below.

Best Time to Prune Trees

Pruning trees in summer is not a common practice, but it can sometimes be beneficial if executed carefully. Experienced gardeners use summer pruning to direct growth as they slow down the development of trees and branches. After the peak of seasonal growth has occurred, this type of pruning is the most effective. The amount of nutrients sent to the roots and overall growth of the tree is reduced when the entire leaf surface of the plant is removed.

We will now discuss flowering trees. Their behavior isn’t exactly predictable. There are two types of blooming trees: early bloomers and late bloomers.

Early Blooming Trees

Buds appear on last year’s growth when trees bloom early. For instance, when a tree blooms early in 2018, it is on growth from 2017. You will not get blooms if you prune over the winter. Wait until after the tree blooms for pruning. Trees that bloom early include:

  • Flowering Plum
  • Magnolia
  • Apricot
  • Chokecherry
  • Ornamental Cherry

Late Blooming Trees

The buds develop on the new growth of trees in late spring to early summer. When a tree blooms in June of 2018, it is blooming on growth from 2017. For optimal bloom, prune these trees early in the spring:

  • American smoke tree
  • Hawthorn
  • Japanese tree lilac
  • Catalpa
  • Dogwood

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Albuquerque, NM
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