Pruning and Shaping

Typical Above-Ground Tree FrameworkAlways hire a professional whenever your Deciduous Trees need Pruning and Shaping. Just one bad pruning job can turn a beautiful tree into an ugly mess that will never grow the proper way again. We all have seen when a pruning job has gone seriously wrong. You know, that poor tree, someone just started hacking away at it until it was reduced to stubs!

When it comes to Pruning and Shaping I always have the customer on site so there are no surprises. There are many different levels of pruning that can be done to the average tree. Sometimes just going through and removing the dead wood is all that is needed, other times it’s thinning out branches to reduce the top weight of the tree and in other instances it will be a complete trimming of the entire tree that must be done.

Most of the time I get a call from a customer only after a tree has been YEARS OVER DUE for some attention. Usually it’s a mess of limbs growing in every direction or even worse it was reduces to stubs earlier in life and had limbs with weak Branch Union. A Weak Branch Union is caused when a large scaffold branch is cut and after a few years multiple branches have grown in its place. Since they were not part of the tree when it was young they will normally break off in time because they are not anchored to the tree.

So the best way to prune and shape a tree is to never Hedge Cut it. A Hedge Cut is when the branches are cut half way up the limb. This not only sets the tree up to have Abnormal Growth and Weak Branch Union but its natural beauty is lost for the life of the tree.

A Guide to Successful Pruning, Pruning Deciduous Trees – Publications and Educational Resources – Virginia Tech
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-456/430-456.html

A Guide to Successful Pruning, Pruning Evergreen Trees – Publications and Educational Resources – Virginia Tech
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-457/430-457.html

Weak Tree Branch Unions and Tree Decay!
http://forestry.about.com/od/forestryhelp/ss/byw_rxtree_4.htm

The correct way to cut hedges – STIHL In reference to Hedge Cutting a tree
http://www.stihl.com/the-correct-way-to-cut-hedges.aspx

About Author: Damon Bretthauer
The beginning of Northern Lakes Tree Service all started back in 1993 when I decided that I wanted to work for myself and be outdoors. With a couple of husky chainsaw’s and well used climbing gear I managed to scrape together, along with my old 1956 Ford two ton truck that wasn’t very pretty but got the job done, I began doing tree service around the area. This is when we learned the art of “Low Impact Tree Removal.” Simply put, it’s how to work around and at the same time Protect Landscaping, Lawns ,Driveways and Walkways and every other obstacle in or around a yard without damaging anything. Because as you know people work hard on their lawns and landscaping and don’t want to see it carelessly damaged or destroyed when tree service is being done.

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