Components of Tree Pruning
Properly pruning your tree can enhance its beauty and its health. But the idea of pruning it yourself can be daunting! Where does one begin?
#1 First, make sure this is a pruning job you can handle. If you aren’t sure then you should call your local tree care professionals or arborist. Let’s get started looking at the components of tree pruning. A 12’ to 25’ small ornamental tree like a magnolia, cherry, Japanese maple or crab apple is something you may be able to attack yourself. You might need a ladder and a chainsaw. If you aren’t familiar with using these tools it would be best to leave these more challenging tree pruning
#2 Plan your biggest cuts first. You shouldn’t remove more than one-third of the growth of a tree at any time. You can use different colored tape to identify different types of problems to help make it easier for you. For example, white tape for branches that are rubbing or red tape for broken branches. Then start by removing the largest branches first.
#3 Safe off fat branches using three cuts. This will stop any tearing from occurring. If the branch is 3 inches or bigger you will need to use a pruning saw, but it will fall actually fall because of its own weight before you ever cut all the way through. By using the three cut method you stop this tearing from occurring.
#4 Remove the stub by cutting on an angle. Doing so will ensure that the water runs off so that it doesn’t cause rot.
#5 Let the tree heal itself. If you cut on an angle then the branch collar is going to grow over the wound.
#6 Make sure that you remove suckers that are growing from the base. Using loppers or bypass hand pruners can make this task easy.
That’s the main components of tree pruning. Anytime you are unsure, you should look to the tree care professionals so that you don’t damage your tree(s).