If you have a tree in your yard and you see some dead branches in it, or maybe you want to improve its shape, you probably have thought of pruning it yourself. Pruning is a useful tool to enhance the growth and appearance of your tree. It is a horticultural practice use for preventive maintenance. A lot of tree health problems can be prevented by proper pruning approaches, especially in the younger years of a tree. If you want to learn more about tree pruning, read on as we discuss further.
When to Start Pruning
Pruning in the early years of a tree helps it develop a stable structure. A tree that has not been pruned early on may need more maintenance when removing large branches. Make sure to remove dead, diseased, and broken branches only. Consider these tips when pruning your tree:
How to Prune Large Branches
Some homeowners get intimidated with pruning large branches. With proper care, you will be able to prune your tree correctly using the following techniques.
Pruning Tools You Will Need
You need proper tools to prune your trees effectively. If you don't use the right tools, it is like going into a war without a gun. You will not win the battle. Here are some must-have tools used for pruning:
Call Trinity Tree Service for a free tree trimming estimate. Late winter is the best time to trim and prune your trees to prepare them for spring growth.
Sap is the sticky substance that oozes out from tree trunks and branches. Although it may be a lifeline for trees (which help in naturally heal from damage), it can be an annoying sticky substance, which can end up in many unwanted spaces (like your car interior and home interiors). A frustrated homeowner may contemplate removal of sap producing trees. But this is not the solution when there are suitable alternatives available for this problem.
When the branches of trees fall off or are accidentally cut, the sap flows out of the damaged surface. The tree species with most sap flow are pine, spruce, firs etc. Interestingly these are some of the most popular tree varieties in landscapes (owing to their ornamental value and aesthetic appeal). On the down side, no one likes the sap to soil their expensive belonging, such as cars and the interior flooring because it can be hard to remove from these surfaces without damaging them.
Although many commercially available chemicals can effectively clean a sap mess, they can have abrasive effects and sometimes damage the surface permanently.
Here are some of the smart and simple ways to handle sap problems.
The Last Word
Unwanted and excessive sap is the result of uncontrolled growth of a tree. Managing your trees’ growth through smart pruning and trimming can greatly reduce the menace and keep it within reasonable limits. Regularly trim and prune your trees to avoid sap related damage to your property. Learn more here.