PRUNING & TRIMMING
Pruning not only improves the appearance of your trees and shrubs, but also improves their health and safety.
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What is Tree Pruning?
Pruning is the most common tree and shrub maintenance practice. It involves carefully removing dead, damaged, diseased or otherwise unwanted tree branches.
Proper pruning of trees can:
It's important that pruning is done properly - improper pruning and pruning done at the wrong time can cause irreparable damage, create hazards, and even shorten a tree’s life.
Why Prune Your Trees?
There are many good reasons to prune trees, including the following:
Types of Tree Pruning
There are three general types of tree pruning - pruning for tree safety, health, and aesthetics. Often, the three go hand-in-hand - safe, healthy trees are usually more visually appealing.
Pruning for safety
This involves removing damaged or diseased branches while reducing the risk of failure from wind and snow loads, as well as maintaining the structural integrity of the tree. This usually means removing branches that could fall and damage your property or hurt someone using a pruning technique called crown cleaning.
Pruning for tree health
This type of pruning makes trees healthier by removing diseased or insect-infested wood, promoting airflow, and removing crossing or rubbing branches. Both crown cleaning and crown thinning fall into this category.
Pruning for aesthetics
If you want to enhance the natural form and character of your trees and shrubs, there are several pruning techniques that we can use. For example, we can improve the shape of the tree through crown reduction, open up your view with canopy thinning or crown raising, and ensure proper tree structure with crown cleaning.
Dormant Pruning in Winter
Pruning your shrubs and trees while they are still dormant is one of the best yard care practices. By having Independent Tree complete pruning during the winter, you can expect your trees to grow more vigorously in the spring.
How Does Dormant Pruning Work?
By pruning deciduous trees and shrubs (those that lose their leaves) during the winter, the reshaping of the trees causes less stress to the plant itself. The process of pruning also reduces the collective amount of buds on the branches.
In the spring, the net effect is that the stored energy of the tree is directed toward fewer buds and branches, providing the plant with renewed life and energy. In addition, because the tree is dormant when the pruning is done, it more quickly heals from the cuts and bruises that are part of the pruning process and can prevent infections from occurring.
Dormant pruning is the ideal pruning option for most deciduous trees and many shrubs.
Our staff of tree care specialists and certified arborists are experts in all varieties of trees and shrubs that are common to the Northeast Ohio canopy system. We can quickly identify the species in your yard and let you know the requirements of pruning.
Whether it’s a mature tree that needs corrective or preventative pruning, a young tree that needs pruning to develop a strong structure and desirable form, or a landscape shrub, your plants will benefit from pruning by a professional arborist. Proper pruning takes knowledge and experience in both the science and art of pruning - something our ISA Certified Arborists have in abundance.
Most trees need regular pruning to look their best and stay strong and healthy. Give us a call at 440-564-1374 and we'll be happy to take a look at your trees and give you an assessment of what kind of pruning would be best. Our estimates are always free.