With hurricane season already upon us, many homeowners living near the ocean are taking part in their annual tree pruning traditions. Here in Kentucky, though, we don’t usually endure harsh weather conditions from hurricanes. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms on the other hand do cause some major problems. These storms are just the reason why tree pruning is just as important in the Bluegrass State as it is in Florida.
Why Tree Pruning?
You’re not alone if you’ve never pruned your trees. Many never do because its falsely believed letting a tree grow in it’s natural form is best. Pruning your trees actually extend their lives keeping them from damage that could cause an early demise leaving you with a big, empty spot on your property. Here’s some other reasons pruning your trees should be something you do each year.
Healthy Trees = Pruned Trees
- Removing damaged or diseased branches to prevent insects or disease from going deeper into your healthy tree.
- Thinning the density of the tree allows more air and sunlight to penetrate giving way to a healthier tree.
- Simply eliminating crossing branches prevents tree on tree damage.
- In the earlier years lop off co-tree leaders leaving one. Two large trunks makes for a future split but having one primary trunk helps a tree last for many years.
Tree Pruning for Family & Property Protection
Did you know a branch of a tree can weigh over a hundred pounds? Imagine that branch being broken and not falling until a loved one is walking underneath it close by. Of course broken limbs can break more than bones, they can damage cars, wreck garages, and fall on your home resulting in water, roof, and major personal property damage.
When Do You Prune a Tree?
Those damaged or diseased limbs should be removed as soon as you spot them. Other that that the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth has begun. Its true pruning can be done anytime but its always good to avoid hotter dry periods and extreme cold.
Tree Pruning Advice
Did you know you can absolutely prune your own trees? That’s right, follow some tree pruning guidance and you can have your home & family protected from that next falling limb. Use that long handled pruning saw on ornamental trees that are 15 ft tall or less allowing you access from the ground.
As far as those limbs near the power lines or 20 ft & higher up you’ll definitely want to call in an experienced arborist. An arborist doesn’t merely come to your property and cut down a bunch of trees. Instead, they will assess your property and make only the changes that are needed to keep your property safe. Bonus of calling an arborist: What you can learn from an arborist can be used in your personal pruning.
Only prune if you’re trying to achieve one of the following goals: to train the plant, restrict growth, maintain plant health, or enhance the safety of your property.
Prune in this order: Remove all branches that are dead, damaged or diseased at their point of origin. Then make any training cuts that are needed. Lastly, make any corrective pruning cuts. Here’s a step by step tree pruning guide to help you in more detail.
Use the right pruning equipment: Check out this helpful guide for picking out the right pruning shears.
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