How to Perform Healthy Tree Pruning

Of course pruning must be done. And it must be done properly, to preserve the health of your plants. Whether decorative shrubs or shady trees, and everything in between, all need to be pruned. Even Jesus said that “every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2). So there’s a good reason to get out your tools and do what needs to be done.

Plan ahead

Don’t prune without purpose. You want to achieve a desirable result at the end. You don’t want to reduce your plant to such an extent that it cannot regenerate itself. Is your goal to just tidy up and snip off the dead flower heads? Is your goal to increase your flower or fruit production? Do you have branches which seem to poke out here and there and spoil the balance?

Unless you are expert at this task, like these tree pruning Hobart experts, it is best to under-prune than to over-prune. Once you’ve reached a suitable stage of the job, stand back and assess. Then if necessary you can trim off a bit more, but you can’t replace what you’ve cut off. And remember that your tools must be sharp. Dirty, rusty tools are annoying to use, they don’t always open and close properly. Dull edges will tear the branch, looking ugly and causing hurt. Treat yourself to good quality pruners, which will give a quick, sharp cut.

The same goes for your loppers. If you intend to reach into high branches with your extendable lopper, you want a sharp, quick cut. Once again, however, don’t go hard when pruning a tree. You want to do minimal damage. Be careful about where on the branch you cut. Too close to the trunk causes problems, as does a stub cut too far away. Both can cause damage and decay, and ultimately death of the tree.

So when is the best time of year to prune? Definitely not in the growing season. Heavy pruning risks denuding the tree. The tree needs its leaves during this time. There may be low or no rainfall during hot weather, and a stressed tree will not cope with scarce water as well as a healthy tree.

When planting trees, you need to consider the location, and how big the tree will become, and whether it will fit into the particular area some years down the track. If a tree does not fit into the space allocated to it, it should be removed. This can cause problems, particularly if it is too close to the house, or the fence, or other structure. In this instance, you would do best to consider employing a tree removal specialist. For one thing, they have insurance! But they do know the right way and the wrong way to deal with the problem. This is an investment that will benefit your peace of mind. They would also be the ones to ask when a tree needs to be trimmed. The workers also remove the offcuts for mulching.