Trees play a huge role in what makes Fresno so beautiful, and tree pruning is an important factor in maintaining that. Pruning, much like tree trimming, involves removing parts of a tree, bush, or hedge—as well as conditioning the plant to grow in a specific type of way. However, unlike tree trimming, pruning a tree has more to do with the aesthetics and the development side of tree and plant maintenance.
Tree pruning can be considered anything from crown cleanup to unwanted twig removal and is mainly used as a means of upkeeping the tree and helping the tree develop in a certain way. By conducting prunings regularly rather than one or two big tree trimming projects over the course of the trees life, you will be paying less and getting better results. Knowing when and how much to prune is something we at Quality Tree Care are experts in and would be more than happy to provide you with a tree care quote when you call us. Check out our tree pruning costs.
Tree Pruning is an Art and a Science
When Pruning a tree, a rule of thumb is that every trim or pruning done should have a clear reason behind it. No branches should be removed for no reason. Now, these reasons can be anything from adhering to a certain aesthetic to the fact that certain branches are preventing other parts of the tree from getting enough sunlight. It is important to remember that removing the wrong part can easily create problems later on for the tree and knowing just how much can be removed or thinned from a tree without causing serious harm is a job for trained professionals such as our Quality Tree Care pruning experts.
Trees give away a lot of information about themselves from their appearance alone and learning to read these subtle signals that the tree gives out only comes from years of experience and training. To the untrained eye, a tree infected with termites and disease will look the same as a healthy one.
Tree Pruning Tips
If pruning is something you would like to try on your own first, there are a few things you should know beforehand to makes things safer for you and the tree. So here are some tips about pruning you might not know; just to give you an idea of how much more there is to pruning than just cutting some loose branches down.
- Tree pruning should be done during the tree’s dormant season. The dormant season of a tree will depend on the species of tree and will vary from plant to plant, especially in climates that the tree may not naturally grow in.
- Branches and limbs up to 5 cm in diameter are typically safe to remove on your own. Branches larger than that can pose a serious threat and must be handled carefully by a professional with the correct tools.
- Look at the shape of the branches to know if its strong and should be kept or weak and should be removed. Strong branches will have rounded angles and weak branches will have sharp V-shaped angles.
- Pruning a tree when it is young is the best time to condition it to grow healthier in the way that you want. It also decreases the chances of scarring.
While pruning yourself is an option, although risky; hopefully, these tips have given you an idea of how complex pruning can be as well as how necessary it is to have this kind of work done by one of our trained professionals.
Preventative Tree Pruning
Preventative tree pruning is basically predicting dangers and issues that a tree may cause in the near or distant future. Then pruning in a way that will avoid those situations without compromising the tree’s health. Examples of preventative pruning are removing low hanging branches over roadways, large branches that are dying and at risk of falling, branches that are loose before a storm hits, and branches encroaching onto another person’s property. In a city like Fresno, all of those hazards can become life-threatening and costly very quickly.
While pruning may seem like an unnecessary cost, damages that a stray branch can cause will be far more costly. All it takes is a quick tree review and pruning by one of our tree pruning specialists to spot and address potentially life-threatening and costly hazards. Just think of the kinds of damages created here in Fresno by storms and earthquakes. Most of the time it isn’t so much the storm or earthquake causing damage as much as it is the loose and weak branches that get flung every which way.