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Tree Trimming: A Combination Of Art And Science

When it comes to tree care, there are mainly two types of tree trimming: the type that you do on the tree because you are concerned that branches may turn into danger, and the kind you commit in a tree because you know that some selective pruning can improve the health and longevity of trees.

Today, we will talk about the second kind. Though this type of task is best handled by tree pruning experts, there are some things that you must know.

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When To Cut

Arborists are universally united in saying that the trees with damaged, diseased, pest-ridden, or dead body members should have their legs removed as soon as possible. They also note that if you have a choice, there is certainly the best time to prune: right at the transition from winter to spring.

Before the buds begin to open, tree experience a 'back to life' surge that enables to heal faster from injuries, which are the best time to do some careful pruning trees.

How to Trim

When pruning for health reasons, you will want to cut the branches as close to the base as you can, without leaving a stub, but without removing excess skin from the remaining body of the tree.

Ideally, when doing this kind of tree pruning, you do not want to just cut a branch – you want to maintain the proportions and shape of the tree while improving health. As with most things in nature, the best trees function as the symmetrical and balanced. That's where the art comes in.

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