When And Why You Need To Prune Your Trees

Your home may have an abundance of shrubs, flowers, and trees blanketing your property. They not only provide shade during the hot summer months, but they also give birds a place to nest, and they brighten up the appearance of your yard. You do need to have your trees and shrubs pruned, however, to keep them healthy and to potentially prevent them from damaging your home during any severe weather.

When and why do you need to prune your tees?

Why Do You Need to Prune Your Tees?

When you prune a tree, you aren't just cleaning up overgrown branches to make them look better; there are important reasons for doing so. For example, you should always remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from the tree as soon as possible. This helps to prevent insect infestation from occurring and further damaging the tree, and it helps prevent the decay from spreading to healthy areas of the tree.

If you have low-lying plants and shrubs or flower beds in your yard, a thick, overhanging tree canopy will prevent sunlight from extending far enough into your yard to help them grow. It will also help prevent any disease growth on other plants and shrubs by allowing sunlight in as well.

You need to remove any weak areas of the tree, whether it be any of the branches or the crotch of the tree. If these areas split – which does happen in older trees, there can be the risk of them breaking in high winds or during ice storms or other severe weather. Pruning can have an interesting effect on the tree's growth too. When pruned effectively you can either promote the tree's growth, or you can restrict it. This is helpful if you have any sparse areas of the tree and wish for it to grow fuller.

When Should You Prune?

If you have any dead, diseased, or damaged tree branches or areas of the tree, they should be removed immediately. For the majority of other tree types, the best time to prune them is during the late winter months as the tree tends to heal quicker when the sap is not flowing. There are certain trees that you should prune in the early spring; for example, flowering trees should be pruned just after their buds stop blooming.

Pruning during the late winter months will help prevent any disease or insect infestation that might occur during the healing process. It is also easier to prune when there is no sap because it can attract pests that might do further damage to your tree. For more information, contact a company like Ross Tree Company.