Spring is the best time of the year to prune the trees in your yard. Your trees are just coming out of dormancy and are just beginning to grow. Any cuts that you make should heal up quickly, and you will be able to shape your tree for now and the future as well. When it comes time to prune your trees, there are four primary types of pruning types or styles that you can choose from.
Pruning Technique #1: Cleaning
Cleaning is a pruning technique that is all about the health of your tree. It is about removing branches that are dead or in the process of dying. With the cleaning pruning technique, you also focus on removing branches that are not that well attached to the main part of the tree, as well as tiny branches at the base of the tree or low-hanging branches. Small branches at the base of the tree are not contributing to the tree's overall health and well-being and although they may look alright, removing these branches will help your tree's overall health and well-being.
Pruning Technique #2: Raising
Raising is about shaping your tree to make it easier for you to use the space around your tree. With raising, you are just pruning the lower branches that interfere with your ability to walk and move under the tree. Any lower-hanging branches that obstruct clearance for people or vehicles to move under the tree are all that you cut away with the raising pruning technique. This technique is also used to increase the view of a beautiful vista that the bottom of a tree is obstructing.
Pruning Technique #3: Thinning
Thinning is about allow more air and light to move through your tree. Thinning a tree can also promote and improve the health of a tree. With thinning, branches are strategically selected to open up the tree. Smaller branches throughout the tree are removed, as well as branches that are growing upward. The idea is to target branches for removal that are crowding the tree.
Pruning Technique #4: Reduction
Reduction is kind of the opposite of raising. Instead of removing low-hanging branches, you are focused on limiting the upward height of your tree. With this pruning technique, you want to focus on removing the leading branches and scale back to the second branches. You want to stop the overall growth of the tree and reduce its size without shaving off its top.
The pruning technique you should use depends on your reasoning and motivation for pruning your tree. For more information, contact your local tree trimming services.