Have you ever been outside looking up at one of your favorite trees? It is big and beautiful and gives your home so much shade. While you are looking up you notice some dead branches that need to be cut? Questions start running through your head. Should you trim back your tree? What is best for your tree? You would hate to lose all that shade. Crecraft for Treecraft Tree Service is here to help you learn and understand a little bit more about when and why you should prune your tree.
Cut Dead Tree Limbs
If your trees have any dead limbs on them, trim them off. A dead limb has the potential to cause stress or damage to your tree. If that is the case then those limbs should be removed. The great thing about removing dead limbs from your tree is that it helps the tree grow stronger and better. Getting rid of those dead branches can also help minimize the chance of a weak branch breaking off and falling during harsh weather.
Prune Branches that have a Pest Infestation
There is a chance you can get mites or aphids in your trees. These bugs can damage the branches and even the whole tree. If you have them on your branches you will want to get rid of them as soon as you can. Removing branches that have mites or aphids on them can help your tree. You would be protecting the overall health and longevity of the tree when you cut down infected branches.
Before Transplanting, Prune Tree
Sometimes you have a favorite type of tree that you don’t want to cut down, but you also don’t like it in the spot it currently resides. So you decide to transplant the tree. If you have to transplant the tree during the summer, it can be hard on that tree during the hot months. The best way to keep that tree from dying is to prune it. This will help the tree survive the transplant shock. When you cut the tree back it will then make it easier for the tree to give all the nourishment it needs to all the branches. Smaller trees have an easier time getting the proper nourishment to all of the branches. For this reason, you have a better chance of your tree surviving the transplant process if it is appropriately pruned.
Which Tree Species is it OK to Prune in Summer?
There are some great tree species that are suited well to accept summer pruning such as maple, birch, and walnut trees. Fruit trees are also good candidates to prune in the summer. The fruit trees can produce bigger and higher quality fruit when they are pruned properly.
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Summer can be a great time to prune trees and make them healthier. If you are unsure about how to prune or need help getting rid of those dead branches, Crecraft for Treecraft Tree Service would love to help you out. If you have any questions please feel free to call and ask. We are here to help.