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Pruning Is Essential To A Happy Tree Life

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Pruning is essential in maintaining the health,beauty andstructural integrity of your trees. When properly pruned,your trees become more aesthetically appealing and enjoy an overall increase in health andvitality. However if the pruning is done incorrectly or at the wrong time ofyear you may injure or even kill the tree.

As a general rule it is best toperform large scale crown reduction on oaks and other hardwoods when the treeis dormant. The dormant period varies from region to region, but in the midAtlantic it generally begins just after leaf drop around Thanksgiving and lastsuntil early spring. This is the period in which stress factors such as insectand disease pathogens are less numerous and are less likely to attack yourtree. If you only wish to selectively remove a few branches or Cut the treeback from a building or other structure, this can safely be done throughout theyear. Dead,dying and diseased branches should be removed promptly once they aredetected.

Birch and maple trees should besimilarly pruned during the dormant season. Although they may exhibit heavy “bleeding” from the resulting wound, this is of little concern. If you wish toavoid the “ bleeding” these trees may be pruned in late spring or early summer,once the leaves have fully expanded.

Pine trees should be pruned a littlelater, as the new growth begins to emerge. Shearing of most evergreens shouldbe performed in late spring and early summer, although selective pruning ispreferred as it makes cleaner cuts. Shearing tends to rip and tear branchesleaving jagged wounds which are less likely to properly heal. It also becomesmuch more difficult to maintain the shape of sheared trees and shrubs as theygrow larger.

Blog: Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. > Pruning Is Essential To A Happy Tree Life

Pruning Is Essential To A Happy Tree Life

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Pruning is essential in maintaining the health,beauty andstructural integrity of your trees. When properly pruned,your trees become more aesthetically appealing and enjoy an overall increase in health andvitality. However if the pruning is done incorrectly or at the wrong time ofyear you may injure or even kill the tree.

As a general rule it is best toperform large scale crown reduction on oaks and other hardwoods when the treeis dormant. The dormant period varies from region to region, but in the midAtlantic it generally begins just after leaf drop around Thanksgiving and lastsuntil early spring. This is the period in which stress factors such as insectand disease pathogens are less numerous and are less likely to attack yourtree. If you only wish to selectively remove a few branches or Cut the treeback from a building or other structure, this can safely be done throughout theyear. Dead,dying and diseased branches should be removed promptly once they aredetected.

Birch and maple trees should besimilarly pruned during the dormant season. Although they may exhibit heavy “bleeding” from the resulting wound, this is of little concern. If you wish toavoid the “ bleeding” these trees may be pruned in late spring or early summer,once the leaves have fully expanded.

Pine trees should be pruned a littlelater, as the new growth begins to emerge. Shearing of most evergreens shouldbe performed in late spring and early summer, although selective pruning ispreferred as it makes cleaner cuts. Shearing tends to rip and tear branchesleaving jagged wounds which are less likely to properly heal. It also becomesmuch more difficult to maintain the shape of sheared trees and shrubs as theygrow larger.