Types of Tree Pruning

tree pruning types

Tree pruning in Georgia is a professional service that can beautify and reinforce trees so they can withstand pests, diseases and severe weather – and look good while doing it!

Pruning should be done if you want a healthy tree, but it must be done correctly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Like a certified arborist from GA Tree Trimming. You may be able to prune and trim trees safely while they are small, but you also may do irreparable harm to the tree.

To properly prune trees, you need to know all of the following:

  • When is the best time to prune your types of trees
  • How much of the tree should be trimmed at a time
  • Where to cut each branch so you do not harm the tree

Taking too much from a tree could kill it or cause structural damage, but minimal pruning done annually benefits trees in several ways. Professional pruning helps to improve the appearance of trees, makes them stronger, eliminates dead or diseased portions and assists in fruit or flower production.

For the best results, pruning must be completed once a year, but as trees get older, you may be able to wait two years between pruning services. Regardless of how regularly you have your trees pruned, make sure your arborist is qualified to do the type of tree pruning your trees need. This won’t be a problem if you call GA Tree Trimming in Georgia!

Types of Tree Pruning Methods

There are 7 different ways to properly prune a tree so that it grows healthier and stronger every year.

Depending on the size, species and health problems of your trees, one method might be more beneficial than another, but each technique has various benefits.

Crown Thinning Your Trees

Crown thinning is popular for larger, overgrown trees in Georgia. This process removes weak branches within the crown of the tree to improve light and air flow through the crown. Air flow is important for disease prevention.

This tree pruning method also eliminates branches that are touching so they no longer rub against each other and break or create weakened areas that can be an entry point for pests. Limbs that grow at odd angles are usually removed during crown thinning.

Crown Raising Your Trees

This pruning technique removes branches at the lowest part of the crown so limbs start higher up on the trunk of the tree. Letting low branches get too big makes them very hard to cut off, and they can pull nutrients away from the top of the tree, which leads to less fruit and a weak tree.

There are many reasons you might want to raise the crown of a tree. Many times, it is done in order to clear the line of sight for cars and pedestrians, but it can be done to free up space for landscaping beneath the tree.

It is a very common technique for overgrown trees that are close to homes and other buildings.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction lowers the total size of the tree’s crown from its exterior edge. It shortens branches horizontally and vertically to keep the tree at a manageable size. By lowering the crown size, you can eliminate the need to cut the tree down because it won’t come into contact with traffic lights, power lines or street lights.

Even when the tree isn’t close to structures like these, crown reduction will help the tree look much better because it removes irregular growth. This is a good idea for trees that are different ages but you want to look uniform.

Crown Cleaning

Sometimes known as deadwood pruning, crown cleaning is a minimally invasive type of tree pruning method that gets rid of dying, broken or diseased limbs so that the remaining parts of the tree may grow normally. These branches can only cause issues in the future.

Crown cleaning makes the tree look a lot better, and it prevents branches from rubbing together. And it is a safety practice that lowers the chance of branches falling, since healthy branches do not usually fall.

Crown Restoration

Crown restoration is a focused trimming technique used on trees that were severely damaged (either by pests or weather). It should only be done by a certified arborist who knows how the tree is likely to grow over time and roughly how long it’s restoration is going to take.

Unlike other tree pruning services, crown restoration happens during an extended time period with conservative trimming that reshapes the tree. Your arborist will have a definitive plan to restore the tree, but also be flexible as the tree grows and reshapes on its own, adapting to the tree’s new growth pattern.

Vista Pruning

If you want trees that help improve the beauty of your landscaping, you are probably interested in vista pruning. The intent of vista pruning is to help to make the tree more visually pleasing from a particular vantage point.

It entails many tree trimming techniques including crown thinning, crown reduction and crown cleaning – anything that makes the trees look more attractive. Remember, though, that a professional is not going to jeopardize the health of a tree, so the primary focus of vista pruning is still to maintain strong, healthy trees.

Espalier Pruning

Espaliered trees are heavily pruned to grow flat up against a wall or a trellis. It is a unique style of tree pruning that is going to draw a lot of attention to your lawn. Espalier pruning needs to begin when the tree is young and then done routinely throughout the tree’s life span.

of espalier pruning include facilitating maximum sunlight to get to the trees, as well as making it easier to produce fruit.

Professional Tree Pruning in Georgia

Tree pruning can be dangerous for a tree, your landscaping, and, of course, for you! GA Tree Trimming highly suggests professional tree trimming over DIY.

Besides the possible dangers of tree trimming, you can do a lot of harm to a tree if you don’t trim it properly. Over-pruning is one of the most typical mistakes made by homeowners maintaining their own trees.

Trees in Georgia that get annual care from a professionals are much better off, and hiring a certified arborist from GA Tree Trimming to care for trees on your property is a decision you won’t regret. Locate your town in our service area. We work with arborists throughout the entire state of Georgia!