Improve the Appearance of Your Trees

February 13, 2020

Spring is a month away, but there is still plenty of time to make sure your trees are healthy and looking their best. The secret? Pruning.

Winter is the best time to prune your trees because once the leaves have fallen, the shape and the structure of them becomes very visible. This makes it easier to remove dead or diseased wood as well as broken and overhanging branches.

Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Clean mature trees by removing dead and dying branches to reduce density, which reduces wind resistance and subsequent storm damage.
  • When thinning branches, concentrate on the outer portions of the canopy, leaving as many branches on the interior crown as possible.
  • Reduce branches in length to improve the shape of the tree, eliminate interference with objects and structures and compensate for structural weaknesses.
  • Prune young trees to ensure a strong framework for future growth.

Not confident in your tree-pruning ability? Consider having a professional arborist prune your trees as they are trained to evaluate the condition of your trees and can determine the types of trimming service required.

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