Tree Pruning & Reductions
When to Prune
Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. As a rule, growth and wound closure are maximised if pruning takes place before the spring growth flush
Pruning encourages strong growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health, and removes damaged limbs, all which give aesthetic appeal to a tree. Trees may also be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as corrective or preventive measures. Pruning at the right time and in the right way is critical, since it is possible to kill a healthy tree through neglect or over-pruning. Essentially, pruning should enhance the trees natural shape.
A tree reduction reduces the size of a tree, reducing a tree’s height or spread is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to secondary branches. Compared to topping, reduction also help maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree.