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Tree Pruning Tips

Tree Pruning Tips
Pruning trees will help keep your yard or landscape healthier and have your trees looking the best they can. Tree trimming, or pruning, is more than just getting rid of dead limbs. It helps the tree grow new healthy branches. Depending on the size of your tree, you may need the following equipment: scissor cut sheers, loppers, pruning saw, pole saw, ladder and work gloves. There are two types of trees, deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous trees lose their leaves every year, while evergreens stay green and pined all year round.

As you begin to prune your trees, keep safety in mind, especially when it comes to sawing down higher limbs and power lines. You may be asking why is pruning important? First and foremost, safety. Hanging limbs can fall and cause damage or injury. Next, is health. Damaged and diseased branches are just extra weight on the tree and should be removed. Also, look for two branches forming a V-Crotch. One of the branches needs to be removed to help keep the tree healthy. Also, water sprouts and suckers should be removed with a pair of scissor cut sheers.

Besides getting rid of growth we don’t want and limbs that are damaged, pruning also has its positives. It can help a tree sprout new limbs, making the tree fuller and healthier with a strong branching structure. Pruning will also help produce more fruit and flowers. For flowering trees that bloom in the early spring, prune in the summer after the flowers have bloomed. For trees that bloom in the late spring or do not have flowering blossoms, prune in the dormant seasons of fall or winter. To learn how to prune a tree watch “How To Prune A Tree” on

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