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How to Become a Good Tree Pruner

How to Become a Good Tree Pruner

Pruning Trees If you’re like most people, you don’t have a clue about pruning a tree. You’re likely to take a scissors or shears and “go to town” cutting things off your yard trees haphazardly, never paying much attention to how it’s done. That said, there are some basics to being a good tree pruner.

Tips to Become a Quality Tree Pruner

First, to prune a tree, you’ll want to inspect it with your eyes. Start at the top and work your way down to the bottom of the tree. Look for areas that look awkward to you, in the sense that a certain branch seems too long or, perhaps, dead. Make a mental note of the “odd” ones. It’s best to get the whole picture of the tree in your mind before cutting it, rather than just “going in for the kill” randomly.

Next, there’s such a thing as the ⅓ and ¼ rules of pruning. You don’t want to remove more than ¼ of a tree’s crown in a season, meaning you don’t want to get rid of too many branches and such. Trees need a sufficient amount of branches and leaves to live. As for the ⅓ rule, this says that main side branches of the tree should be at least ⅓ smaller than the diameter of the trunk. Also, for leafy trees don’t prune up from the bottom any more than ⅓ of the tree’s height. And when pruning, try to make angled cuts that are ⅓ off vertical with the trunk. In other words, if the branch was a clock, make the cut(s) at 10 and 2 o’clock.

Some people paint tree wounds for aesthetic reasons. You don’t have to do this unless you just want it to look “nicer” and/or a “certain way.” Painting a wound doesn’t prevent or reduce decay.

You should use sharp tools for pruning because it’ll make the job a lot easier. When working on young trees that aren’t fully developed yet, many pruners recommend using the one-hand pruning shears you can buy at your local lawn and garden shop. Ones with curved blades are best.

For bigger, older, taller trees, it’s best to hire a professional to do the pruning. You can always contact New Jersey’s reliable Big Foot Tree Service for more information at 973-885-8000.

Should You Prune Trees in the Winter?

Winter is coming and that means there’ll be ice, snow and slush on the ground. Though most people tend to spend a lot of time indoors each winter, especially in New Jersey when the temperature dips below freezing, some people choose to be outdoors for pursuits like cross-country skiing, sledding, and… pruning trees. Wait a… Continue Reading

Optimal Times to Prune Your Tree

When is the last time you pruned a tree? Pruning involves removing specific branches or stems off a tree in order to benefit it as a whole. By removing dead, damaged or diseased branches, for instance, you’re helping to prevent insects and other organisms from entering the tree and making it sick. In many ways,… Continue Reading

Why You Should Prune Your Trees

Why You Should Prune Your Trees

Just like a person gets a haircut, a tree can get one too, though in this case it’s called “pruning.” A popular horticultural practice, pruning involves altering a tree’s form and growth so it looks and functions the way a person wants it to. So, here’s the question: “Why prune a tree?” Pruning offers many… Continue Reading