When should you Prune?
A good time to prune is in the late winter or early spring, right before the tree starts to grow buds. If the tree has already began to bud and pruning is needed, it is better to delay any trimming until after the leaves have fully grown out. To be safe, dead and low hanging should be pruned off promptly. Overall, newly planted trees need only a small amount of pruning in the first three years.
Why is it important to prune?
Pruning trees can be beneficial for both the the health of the tree and the look of the surrounding space. Pruning trees plays a key role in prolonging the life of your tree and making sure that it maintains an appropriate size. By pruning regularly, trees may also be assessed regularly and any disease can often be avoided or detected early.
Pruning Methods in Richmond
In order to have a tree be healthy, beautiful and free from diseases, we always create a custom plan as our first step before we do any pruning. If done incorrectly, pruning can harm your tree. It is essential that when pruning is done to your tree it is meticulously planned out and executed. For instance, a popular method called “tree topping” may effectively lessen the life of a tree. In fact, tree topping can make the tree vulnerable to disease. Another method typically done to recently transplanted trees involves reducing the crown to compensate for loss of root mass. This is completely unnecessary and usually ends up causing harm to your tree. Reckless pruning practices like this are the reason why all of our arborists that will be working on your trees are fully certified. Our pruning methods have been refined for more than a decade of experience, and have been proven to be safe and healthy for your tree.
How Long Does Tree Pruning Take?
The length of time required to prune your tree depends normally on how large the tree is. A small tree can take just under an hour, while large trees may typically take a whole working day to finish pruning.
Do I need to do anything before you prune my tree?
You’ll need to tell us the location of any special lawn sprinkler systems you have in place to prevent any damage from fallen branches. Furniture, lawn decorations, playsets, and all other obstructions must be stored at a safe distance away from the trees that need pruning prior to our appointment. Please make sure that we will have wide open access to where the tree is located on the day of our appointment. This will avoid any setbacks in finishing the job.