Experts performing tree pruning and trimming services make it seem easy, but there is so much more to it than just cutting here and there. While some tasks can be done on your own using your pruners and saws, most of them are best left to the pros. According to the experts, the right pruning and trimming has to do with what portions to cut, how much, and when to do it.
The terms trimming and pruning are often interchangeably used to denote cutting trees, but for clarification, just remember trimming has to do with grooming. Pruning has to do with the tree's health, as well as the safety of people and structures near the tree.
People have tree pruning and trimming services for four general classifications, two of which have to do with trimming and the others related to pruning. The first, trimming or fine pruning, entails cutting to improve the tree's appearance. The second, standard pruning, involves more cutting to improve the tree's structure.
The third, safety pruning or hazard pruning, is one where branches are removed because of safety considerations. When branches hang too low causing any danger, those trees are pruned. The fourth, crown reduction, involves removing the branches on the tops or sides of trees. This is usually done to prevent trees from reaching utility lines or damaging roofs, and to allow air and sunlight to reach the inner branches.
Pruning the Right Way
Tree pruning and trimming services, when done by trained professionals, ensure that your trees are pruned correctly and efficiently. If you intend to do the pruning on your own, refrain from using climbing spurs, which can damage tree trunks and barks. See to it that the barks on the edges of the pruning cuts are still attached firmly. As for large, heavy branches, make sure to cut them in sections to prevent the bark from tearing or splitting. Remember to use ropes to lower the large branches do not throw them to the ground.
Pruning the Right Time
You can have tree pruning and trimming services at any time of the year these services depend on the kinds of trees you have. Flowering trees that bloom in spring can be trimmed or pruned right after they flowering. Those that bloom in summer have to be pruned in early spring. It is recommended to prune fruit-bearing trees during late winter to give them shape and allow sunlight to shine on the tree's centre.
Hardwood trees or shrubs without flowers are best pruned in the dormant season, during late fall or winter. As for dead branches, these can be cut at any time of the year.
Tree Pruning and Trimming Services from the Experts
Cutting tree branches is not as simple as it appears. It is a risky situation that, without the proper tools and equipment, can lead to accidents. When doing the pruning and trimming yourself, make sure to fasten yourself to a tree using at least two secure points. Work with someone who will raise the cutting tools to you. Keep yourself protected with gloves, safety glasses, and a hard hat.
If everything else fails, do not fret there are always professionals who are willing and able to do tree pruning and trimming services for you.
Tree trimming services are important to keep the trees in your yard looking great and healthy. If you have a tree that is damaged you should consider a tree removal service to ensure it will not damage your home during a storm or heavy wind.
Let us help you with your pruning and trimming of trees. Tree-Surgeon Essex is made up of a team of professional arborists that love working with trees all year round. If you need help with trees in Essex, then give us a call today on 01708 578 017.
We offer advice on:
- Tree Pruning
- Tree Removal or felling trees
- Crown lifting/raising
- Crown thinning
- Crown reduction
- Stump grinding/removal
- Hedge trimming
- Site clearance
There are three main reasons for tree pruning.
Firstly - for safety. When branches are too weak to survive heavy winds, snow or ice it's important that they are pruned. Other safety issues occur when branches are too low to allow pedestrians or vehicles - or, when tree limbs block visibility to stop signs or grow too close to power lines (crown lifting).
Secondly - for health reasons. It's important to prune a tree to allow air and light through and remove portions that are dead and diseased.
Thirdly - for aesthetic reasons. Pruning is a method used on trees that can help improve its overall look and shape. Effective pruning should leave the tree healthier and more attractive. Here are some basic tips to successful pruning.
1. What are you trying to achieve from pruning your tree? As mentioned above, the primary goals for pruning trees are to improve safety, plant health and the tree's visual appeal. What you intend to achieve will determine how you will trim your tree. In some cases, removing a tree that is too large for the space and replacing it with a more appropriate specimen may be the best choice.
2. Understand the natural shape of your tree. Trees grow in one of two basic shapes. Conifers like pine and spruce trees grow in a pyramid shape. These trees have a single stem that grows up the full length of the tree and all branches grow out of that stem.
Deciduous trees like oak trees grow in a spherical pattern. They have a single stem at the bottom that divides into major branches, which then subdivide into still smaller branches. Think about your tree shape before you start pruning.
Correct pruning works with these natural grow patterns but not all limbs should be cut shorter to force a tree into these shapes. Instead, pruning is about selectively removing limbs without damaging the main stem.
3. Plan before you begin removing branches. Good choices for pruning include branches that overlap or rub other branches. Pruning should improve access to light and air for the remaining branches. It is also recommended to remove any branches that aren't firmly attached. Typically, v-branching patterns are not as healthy as u-shaped branches. Also, remove any branches that are dead or diseased.
4. Prune at the right time. In general, the best time to prune trees is during dormancy in late fall or winter. It is easier to see the growth patterns of deciduous trees after they have shed leaves. Trees are more likely to repair their wounds and prepare for new growth in the spring when pruned in dormancy.
Finally, for best results consider working with an expert. In many cases, the best choice is to consult a certified Arborist or other tree expert. Pruning at the wrong time can leave your tree vulnerable to parasites and other pests. Pruning incorrectly can make it difficult for a tree to heal, whilst ineffective pruning can leave a garden with trees that aren't as safe, healthy or attractive as they should be.
At Tree Surgeon Essex, we offer the following tree services across Havering, Brentwood, Basildon and Chelmsford:
Tree removal or felling trees
Crown lifting or Crown raising
Emergency tree care
Call us today on: 01708 578 017.