If you are a tree lover like I am, then you definitely need to know all you can about ensuring trees remain healthy and continue to grow. And this where tree pruning comes in. If you have been thinking about pruning that tree in your backyard, then keep on reading and you’ll discover the best way and time to get rid of those dead branches!
Did you know that there are specific times of the year when you are supposed to prune your tree as opposed to others?
Tree pruning requires intensive care during the process because pruning at the wrong time of the year can actually do more damage to the tree. Moreover, you need to know how to prune based on different species of trees or alternatively get assistance from an experienced arborist just in case you are not sure.
So when is the best time to prune your tree?
During latewinter! Yes, this is the best time to prune your tree because during the winter season trees are fully dormant. This means they are hibernating awaiting to spring in the next season. You can be able to tell the pattern of growth making it easier for you to cut off unwanted branches. The winter season enables you to clearly identify hazardous and dead branches allowing you to know exactly where to prune. By the time spring arrives, the tree will be able to make a quick recovery and maintain healthy growth.
Another reason for tree pruning during winter is that it discourages insect and bacterial attacks. Insects and bacteria thrives in high temperature conditions. The winter conditiondoes not favour such attacks to trees especially on the wounds inflicted during pruning. This means that healing of the tree is also highly accelerated. For instance, if you have an Oak tree, ensure you prune it during the months of winter to prevent a common fungal disease known as oak wilt. If you have evergreen and deciduous tree, you can do some very light pruning during summer but do the heavy pruning during winter.
Pruning during winter also ensures that your landscape is not damaged by machinery used during tree removal because of the frozen ground. Eventually, you also incur low costs and satisfactory results from tree pruning services for large pruning tasks.
Bonus Tip: Now that you know when to prune your tree, you need to know that there is a wrong and right way to prune your tree.
One the common techniques you can use is called the Collar Cut.
The Collar Cut is a method of tree pruning in which you reduce the wound inflicted to the tree during cutting. The small wound allows the tree to heal quickly without compromising the architecture of the tree caused by insects or rot. To do this you must be able to identify the branch collar and the back ridge in order to make the cut.
This method when done during winter will not only speed up the rate of recovery for the tree but also increase the rate of photosynthesis and eventually boost their growth and immune system.