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Some Simple Tree Pruning Can Improve the Look of Your Yard

Tree pruning is not just for people who are vain or overzealous about property management. Most landowners will need to prune their trees at some point for practical or safety reasons. But even if not, tree pruning presents a significant array of possible benefits.

People prune trees for safety reasons. It is both to keep people and property from being damaged from falling limbs. They may do it simply to improve the look of their plants and land overall. You can control how healthy your tree is through pruning and conduct its shape as it grows. If you have fruit or flowering trees, pruning is one tool that can help you manage their fertility. Finally, this practice may help you keep your trees to code and determine how much wind or shade you would like.

Why Prune a Tree?

There’s many reasons why pruning a tree is a good choice. Some of the reasons to do so include: 

  • Increase Fruit and Flower Production - The exact process varies depending on the species of plant and the goal in mind, but pruning is nevertheless an effective method of increasing the yield of either fruit or flowers. Trimming away wilting flowers can improve the vigor of those remaining. Additionally, making small and targeted cuts into fruit tree branches will encourage better production.
  • Manage Tree Structure & Health - Pruning is a means by which you can control plant shape and structure. It can help you ensure that branches avoid power lines and otherwise set how you want them to. The process is frequently also positive for overall tree health since it will be better balanced and uncluttered by damaging growths.
  • Aesthetics - Another completely valid reason to prune is that it makes your trees and property look better. Trimming trees makes them neater, and the health benefits they receive from it can make them appear more vibrant and beautiful. You can even prune certain species into eye-pleasing shapes.

Tools Needed

Pruning requires specific tools to get the job done. The size of your task will determine which tools are needed, in addition to other circumstances. The following are a few standard tools regularly used in pruning:

  • Hedge Shears: These are better for trimming shrubs. They can help with shaping the plants.
  • Hand Shears: Get a pair that are the right size to fit your hand. These are ideal for cutting branches ¼” in diameter or less. Hydrangeas are easy to prune with these shears.
  • Lopping Shears: Best for branches that are 1 ½” in diameter or less. They can be longer for reaching up higher.
  • Pole Pruners: These are on a long pole for reaching further than you can with your arm. A rope operates a shear or saw at the end. They are for pruning branches over 1” thick.
  • Pruning Saws: These are for cutting branches over 1 ½” thick.

Is Professional Help Needed?

Often, amateurs can accomplish modest pruning needs with their own equipment. However, in some cases, it can be best to call in a professional like an arborist. These are examples.

Dangerous situations are a good time to use a profession. Heavy branches, tall heights, inaccessible or awkward locations - all are reasons to avoid pruning yourself. The same is true when any mistake you make might endanger a building or power line, which can, in turn, endanger you. If it is not easy, simple, and safe, call a professional for help.

Over-pruning or pruning at the wrong time of year can backfire and damage or eliminate a tree. So, if you feel lost about when or how much to prune, seek assistance from an expert. This will make sure you don’t do more damage than good. 

Whatever your needs and aspirations for your yard, some amount of tree pruning can likely help. Whether you are protecting people and assets or managing the health and beauty of your trees, this is a practice with which you should become familiar. You will revel in the look and function of your yard if you prune appropriately and employ professionals as needed.