The weather is getting warmer and soon your trees will have new growth and be full of leaves. Before it is too late, you will want to do all the pruning that is needed. Pruning your trees will ensure that they grow healthily and do not develop problems that may necessitate removal. Here are some tips to help you with your spring pruning before new growth starts:
1. Pruning Fruit Trees for Healthier Growth and Better Harvest
There are some trees that provide fruit every summer or fall. Fruit trees are usually smaller and need special care to ensure that provide a bountiful harvest and are healthy. Generally, you want to keep fruit trees trimmed low to get to fruit when harvest time arrives. It is also important to keep the branches cut to shorter lengths, which will prevent them from becoming overloaded with fruit. Too much fruit on branches can cause them to easily break and expose trees to insects and disease.
2. Trimming Trees to Promote Healthy Growth and Prevent Problems
Trimming trees is also something that needs to be done to promote healthy growth. It is especially important to prune younger trees every year to train them to grow and give them a good shape. As trees mature, the trimming will become less intensive and will be done mostly to remove growth that can cause problems if left alone. Remove odd branches and sprouts when you trim your trees, leaving behind only the healthiest growth.
3. Tree Trimming to Remove Dead Growth and Problems That Lead to Infestations
Over the year, there may be branches that have died due to different issues. It may be due to storm damage, which is something that requires emergency care to ensure your tree is not exposed to insect infestations or disease. In addition, you will want to remove any branches that have died due to insects. When removing branches, cut any broken branches too, which will ensure that fungal infections do not develop. In extreme cases, the damage to your trees may mean that you need to have them completely removed.
These are some tree trimming tips to help you with the pruning maintenance that your trees need in late winter and early spring. If you need help with care for some of your trees, contact a professional like Smitty's Tree Service Inc to help you with some of your tree trimming needs.