Regular pruning is the best way to maintain the health of your trees, provided that the pruning is done correctly and at the appropriate time. Our expert tree pruning pros bring their extensive knowledge and years of experience to every job. Pruning that is carried out by inexperienced or ill-informed handymen can severely damage your tree, and possibly even end its life. Here are some key pruning rules that professional arborists always follow.
- Never top your trees
Topping refers to a method of pruning in which the crown of the tree is chopped flat at a certain height. The crown of the tree is incredibly important to the overall structure of a tree, and cutting it indiscriminately will compromise the tree’s ability to maintain symmetry and balance. This method of pruning is never practiced by a trained arborist.
- Prune with the seasons
Some trees are more susceptible to disease and blight if they are pruned at the wrong time of year. In Massachusetts, the best time to prune most trees is in late winter or early spring. A trained arborist will be able to determine the best time to prune each individual tree.
- Prune appropriately and only as necessary
Pruning needs and techniques change over time and through different stages of a tree’s growth. A newly planted tree should only be pruned if it will support the overall healthy growth of the tree. For example, if the tree has more than one central leader competing for central spot, one can be cut away to allow the other to grow straight and tall. Weaker branches, or branches with weak unions to the trunk, are relatively easy to spot when the tree is young, and proper pruning can help the tree grow stronger. Various types of trees benefit from pruning at differing intervals after two years. After 10 years, most types of trees need very light health-related pruning every other year, but require more in-depth safety inspections, and pruning for safety reasons may become necessary. Calling in an experienced arborist from Quincy Tree Services is the best way to ensure that your tree is getting the kind of care that it needs for every stage of its life.