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Tree Pruning Services in Ipswich & Suffolk

Tree pruning is one of the most common and basic forms of maintenance for domestic trees, but also one of the most important. Tree trimming not only improves the overall health of the tree but also its structural integrity and aesthetics. To perform tree pruning successfully, it is important to understand the tree’s biology so as to avoid causing any lasting damage. Here are some basics you should know for successful tree pruning in Suffolk.

Reasons For Tree Pruning

  • Tree trimming improves the overall structure of the tree.
  • It removes dangerous, dead, or unhealthy branches.
  • Reduces shading and wind loading in areas where light and air penetration are required.
  • Clears space between the tree and any other structures.
  • For corrective and preventative reasons.

When to Prune a Tree

Light tree pruning such as removing dead branches, can be performed throughout the year. Late spring through summer is the best time for light pruning, although some species such as walnut, birch and maple will lose sap if you prune too early. Spring is the best period for growth and wound closure, so heavy pruning should be performed before this period. Be aware of disease-carrying agents during pruning and avoid pruning during active transmission periods.

What Tree Pruning Techniques Can be Used?

  • Cleaning – This technique involves the removal of any dead, diseased, or otherwise unhealthy branches from the crown of the tree.
  • Raising – This involves the removal of lower branches from the tree to clear space for any structures, vehicles and pedestrians, or simply to improve the view.
  • Reduction – This reduces the overall size of the tree, either by decreasing its height or its spread. This is often used for clearing a path for utility lines.
  • Thinning – Reduces the density of foliage at the crown area, which helps to improve light and wind penetration and to promote interior foliage growth.

Best times of The Year to Prune Tree Varieties

When it comes to most deciduous trees (acacias, elms, oaks, etc), the best time to prune is between late spring and summer.

Birches, magnolias, maples, robinias and walnuts should be pruned after spring to avoid bleeding.

Apples, mulberries, and poplars should be pruned in mid-winter. For evergreen trees, between late spring and late winter is good for pruning depending on the species of tree.

What Happens if a Tree isn't Pruned?

An unpruned tree can lead to problems such as poor growth, infestations, and disease. At the same time, over-pruning can make it harder for a tree to recover and may even cause it to die. Therefore, it is important to prune trees regularly and carefully to keep them healthy but not overdo it.

Contact Arc Tree Surgery for Tree Pruning

With over ten years of experience when it comes to tree pruning in Suffolk, we're available for all your tree trimming needs across Suffolk, including Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds. We are a professional and friendly team, fully accredited and insured, with considerable experience with tree types in the Suffolk area.

Please contact us via the form below or give us a call to get a quote on 01449 722795 today.

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