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  • WHY? WHEN? HOW? A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE SPRING TREE PRUNING

    You will need to stay on top of pruning your trees to keep them in the best condition possible, and it is very much an ongoing process for entire lifespan of the tree.

    In truth; why, when, and how to prune your trees can differ depending on the species.

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    The main reason we need to prune our trees is to help maintain their overall health. Aside from this, removing disease and unhealthy foliage, ensuring branches are strong, and encouraging the growth of new branches are all considerations. This is especially important for fruit-bearing trees, as timely pruning will help the production of fruit.

    As for when; a tree should really be pruned from day one. It is very common to find trees that are planted and then left for years with no further attention, but without effective pruning the tree may suffer inadequate growth and yield poor fruit. Once this has occurred a strategy of corrective pruning can be employed to attempt to restore the tree to full health.

    In general, Springtime pruning is usually performed to correct existing problems and to limit the growth of the tree. Whilst dead or diseased limbs can and should be pruned at any time of the year upon discovery, trees that flower in the Springtime should general be pruned once the flowers begin to die. If you prune the tree before it has bloomed you will likely damage the buds.

    A very common question is “how do I prune my tree?”. The answer, typically and in best practice, is that less is more. Try not to prune more than a quarter of the crown, and make sure that healthy, living branches make up at least two-thirds of the tree’s height. Over-pruning can easily cause the tree to die altogether, so bare this in mind before you begin and remember that it is an ongoing process that can be revisited season upon season. When pruning a branch, try to protect the trunk of the tree from any damage.

    Most pruning can be done by a careful novice, but often it is difficult to know where to start and how to approach it. If you feel unsure, contact us here at Trim A Tree and we will be able to get the pruning process under way, and also guide you on future pruning.

  • HELLO SPRING

    April makes us feel like shedding some woolly layers, bare a little more skin to the growing sun and enjoy the lighter nights. Of course, Aril is also quite famous for increased rainfall here in the UK. We love this time of year as the rainwater fuels the landscape, preparing it for new growth, new colour and new life.

    The new season prompts tiny, green buds to pop, bringing smiles to our faces and the greenery around us slowly awakes.

    Regardless of whether it’s the greenery in your home garden or at your office, it’s important to make sure your trees are prepared for the warm season.

    One thing to bear in mind is that while some damage is obvious, other problems can fester and go unnoticed without the trained eye of a professional.

    A bare branch is clearly suffering from an issue when the rest of the tree is bearing leaves. Diseases and insects can creep in without you knowing but Spring helps us recognise problems easier than other times of the year.

    Kick start your spring with a thorough tree inspection by following these Trim A Tree tips:

    1. Branching Out. Are there any areas of your trees that are looking sparse? Look for consistent leafing and flowering activity on the branches of your trees. Yellowing leaves on shrubs, could be a sign of excess water from winter. Yellow colouring can indicate poor soil drainage and too much moisture.

    2. Rule Out Rotting. Fungi can weaken wood tissue, resulting in cracks and other "internal" wounds. Healthy trees bend along with the wind, decayed wood cracks and breaks. Look out for vertical cracks or seams along the trunk as these could suggest internal problems.

    3. Clear Your Way. Dead wood is often a by-product of the winter months, but it’s dangerous. Clean up dead branches, which are a safety risk.

    4. Eyes Down. Roots are a good indicator of a tree's health. Look for any above-ground signs that something's not going well underground with your trees: off-colour leaves; stunted growth; discoloured, loose or soaked wood and fungi growing near the base of the tree.

    These are easy tips that you can look for yourself. However, it’s always a good idea to have regular inspections by a professionally trained tree surgeon. We check the structural integrity of the tree to make sure your trees are safe. April showers means soggy leaves that weigh down branches. Better to be safe than sorry.

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