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.
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.
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.
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.
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