How To Prune A Tree: Part 2

Top Tree LLC has been pruning trees in the Tri-Cities for many years. Sometimes, your trees need just a little maintenance. However, there are times when they need more than that. Here is part 1 of our series on pruning your trees.

Identify Key Branches
Identifying key branches is important. The last thing you would want to do is make a cut on a main branch of any tree. Your main focus should be to find non-important branches and limbs that consume tree resources that don’t add any benefit to its health or to the tree’s utility.

You will also need to identify branches that have been damaged or broken. Here in the Tri-Cities, we have plenty of wind storms in the winter and spring that can wreak havoc on your trees and shrubs. You will need to pay extra attention to trees that are older and weaker.

Part of identifying good branches is knowing which ones that are growing. Trees produce new growth yearly on both their trunk and their branches. You should look to see how much growth has occurred in the past year by checking the distance between this year’s buds and last year’s (evidenced by scars on the branch). The average growth varies by tree, so check to see what you should expect.

One of the biggest reasons to identify and maintain the key branches of the tree is so that you can ensure it’s stability and growth. Another reason is so that you remove any branches that are robbing nutrients and aren’t helping growth.

Conclusion
Here at Top Tree, we strive to be your preferred tree maintenance provider. We have specially trained arborists in the Tri-Cities that will show your trees the utmost care. Whether you need trees removed, trees trimmed, or just regular care, we will be here for you.