SAVE YOUR TREES FROM LONG-TERM DAMAGE BY PRUNING! Not sure how to do it? No worries - call Sioux Falls Tree Service today and we will help you out! There are many reasons to prune your trees as well as different ways and techniques to prune them. Different trees also require pruning during different times. Save the hassle of figuring out all this out and call our experts today!
There are also different tools used to prune. Sometimes we use a pole pruner and sometimes it can be as simple as a hand pruner. The main point is to use a sharp implement that is extremely high quality. If the tool is not sharp or well equipped, it can be very dangerous. Where the branch tissue meets the stem tissue is called the branch bark ridge. Just outside of where the two tissues meet is the branch collar. Normally, we want to prune just outside of that collar. Trees actually prune themselves naturally in these areas. It is our goal as a company to avoid nicking that branch bark ridge.
- Also, it is good to note that we do not want to flush cut and we want to avoid that branch bark ridge and avoid harming the stem. This is why we aim for the outside of the collar in order for the tree to heal faster. When pruning trees, we want to develop good structure. This means a scaffold of healthy, well spaced branches. Especially if you have a younger tree, it is vital to call on a tree service to start developing the structure while the tree is young. We do this by picking which branches we will leave and which ones we remove. When we decide which branches to remove, we think about radial spacing around the tree - meaning north, south, east and west. Ideally, we want branches spaced evenly around the tree. That being said, it is not always the case and we have to deal with what mother nature gives us. Pruning saws are a great tool to use but it is always good to keep in mind that they cut on the pull. If you push, it is not going to work out so well.
- Another part of pruning is looking for areas of the tree where the branches have been broken. When a branch or limb breaks that break could serve as an infection point for insects or diseases. The ideal fix would be to take out the stub where the branch broke. Since there will most likely be no branch collar here, we always want to create the smallest wound possible, just enough to remove the broken part. We do this by cutting straight across the area. If there are any extra strands of bark, we can just clip those out with a smaller tool.
- Another reason to prune trees, is to provide clearance to raise the crowns, whether that is over a sidewalk, a fence, or over a roadway. Generally, over sidewalks the recommendation is eight feet and over roadways is sixteen feet.