Every autumn, when leaves drop from the trees, branches earlier cloaked in a covering of thick foliage reveal themselves once more.
Limbs of trees are pruned for various reasons. They’re diseased, dead, rubbing up against another branch, or sprouting inward. Another motive for limb removal may be to open or raise the canopy, providing more light to the ground and more vertical clearance.
When to Prune Trees?
The recommended time to prune trees is from late fall to late winter. Disease pathogens aren’t active and not a serious risk of destroying your trees. However, a fresh wound or cut during the summer months can serve as an entry point for pests and diseases.
It is crucial to note that some trees bleed significantly when cut, sap seeping from the fresh wound. Even though it looks hideous and severe, it brings no harm. Some trees that are susceptible to bleeding are maple, yellowwood, birch, and elm.
You may want to apply wound dressing or tree paint on fresh wounds and cuts. Arborists suggest that it’s hardly needed and will slow down the natural healing process. Trees are incredible at adjusting to adverse settings. The best thing you can do is create a clean cut and let it be.
Pruning tree limbs can be an excellent enhancement to the health and look of your complete landscape if you follow specific guidelines. Not pruning at the right time or taking shortcuts can bring on more issues somewhere down the line.
The typical practice is to prune in dormancy. It brings about an exuberant surge of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the wanted result. It usually is best to wait until the coldest part of winter has come and gone. Some kinds, like walnuts, birches, and maple could bleed when the sap starts to stream.
Don’t freak out! There is no harm in this. It will stop when the tree leaf out.
To guide the growth by decelerating the branches you don’t want or to reduce tree or branch growth, pruning should be performed right after seasonal growth is done. The reason for the slowing effect is that you lessen the total leaf surface, decreasing the amount of food produced and directed to the roots. Another motive for summer pruning is for corrective goals, such as flawed limbs can be seen more easily or righting branches that droop too far under the weight of the leaves.
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