Tree pruning is mostly an ongoing process these days as the winter is the perfect season to give your trees extra care. For those who are taking care of a young plant, early pruning can be good practice for them.
Pruning during its dormancy months or winter season is also a good practice. Winter tree pruning especially after the coldest part of winter has passed can result in a vigorous burst of new growth when spring comes.
Before you prune your trees, you will have to follow these steps to make sure that the trees are properly managed.
Tree evaluation. Assessing the tree will include if it is still growing and healthy, the species and the place where the tree is located should be assessed as this will determine how the arborist will trim the tree.
Remove bad branches. Get rid of the three ‘Ds’ which will include damaged, dead and diseased branches. You should also look for branches that are weakly attached and that is rubbing from each other.
Reduce competing branches. Once you have assessed the tree and get rid of the unwanted branches, you will also need to remove or reduce competing branches. You will have to focus on multiple branches that are connecting to the trunk at the same place as you want the tree to create better branch spacing by removing one each year.
Strategically pruning your trees with the use of the right tools, you can help your trees to be healthier as they know that you are taking care of them well.