Types of Tree Pruning

tree pruning types

Tree pruning in Texas is a professional service that beautifies and reinforces trees so they will withstand pests, diseases and inclement weather – and look wonderful doing it!

Pruning has to be done if you want healthy trees, but it needs to be done properly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Like a certified arborist from TX Tree Trimming. You may be able to prune and trim trees safely while they are small, but you also may be doing irreparable harm to the tree in the process.

To safely prune trees, you should know all of the following:

  • When to prune your types of trees
  • How much of the tree can be pruned at at once
  • Where to cut each branch so you do not harm the tree

Cutting too much off of a tree might kill it or result in structural damage, but conservative pruning done annually benefits trees in a lot of ways. Professional pruning helps to improve the appearance of trees, makes them stronger, eliminates dead or diseased branches and assists in fruit or flower production.

For the best results, pruning needs to be performed every year, but as trees get older, you might be able to go two years between major pruning services. Regardless of how regularly you have your trees trimmed, make sure your arborist is qualified to perform the type of tree pruning your trees need. This won’t be a problem if you call TX Tree Trimming in Texas!

Types of Tree Pruning Methods

There are 7 ways to properly trim a tree so that it grows stronger and healthier year after year.

Depending on the size, species and health status of your trees, one method could be more effective than another, but each technique has distinct benefits.

Crown Thinning Your Trees

Crown thinning is typical for larger, overgrown trees in Texas. This technique eliminates weak branches within the crown of the tree to allow more light and air flow within the crown. Air flow is important to help prevent disease.

This tree pruning technique also gets rid of branches and limbs that are touching so they no longer rub against one another and snap or cause weakened areas that can be an entry point for pests. Branches that grow at odd angles are usually cut off during crown thinning.

Crown Raising Your Trees

This pruning technique removes branches and limbs at the lowest part of the crown so new limbs start higher up on the trunk. Allowing low branches to get too large makes them very difficult to cut off, and they can draw nutrients away from the top of the tree, which leads to less fruit and a weak tree.

There are many reasons you might want to raise the crown of a tree. Often, it is done to clear the line of sight for cars and pedestrians, but it can also be done to free up space for landscaping beneath the tree.

It is a very common method for large trees that are too close to homes and buildings.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction reduces the overall size of the tree’s crown from its exterior edges. It shortens limbs vertically and horizontally to maintain the tree at a certain size. By reducing the crown size, you can remove the need to cut the tree down because it won’t interfere with traffic lights, power lines or street lights.

Even when the tree isn’t close to structures like those listed above, crown reduction can make the tree look much better because it removes irregular growth. This is a great solution for trees that are various ages but you want to look consistent.

Crown Cleaning

Often known as deadwood pruning, crown cleaning is a minimally invasive pruning technique that gets rid of dying, broken or diseased branches so that the remaining parts of the tree may continue to grow normally. These branches can only cause issues in the future.

Crown cleaning makes the tree look a lot better, and it stops limbs from rubbing together. It is also a safety practice that lowers the risk of branches falling, because healthy branches rarely fall.

Crown Restoration

Crown restoration is a focused pruning method used on trees that were significantly damaged (either by weather or vandals). It must be performed by a professional who knows how the tree is likely to grow in the future and how long it’s restoration will take.

Unlike other tree trimming services, crown restoration occurs during a longer period of time with conservative trimming that reshapes the tree. An arborist should have a plan to restore the tree, but also be flexible as the tree begins to grow and reshape on its own, adapting to the tree’s new growth pattern.

Vista Pruning

If you are hoping for trees to increase the overall beauty of your landscaping, you are actually interested in vista pruning. The purpose of vista pruning is to help to make the tree more visually pleasing from a particular viewing point.

It consists of several pruning techniques including crown thinning, crown cleaning and crown reduction – anything that makes the trees look prettier. Remember, though, that an arborist will never jeopardize the health of a tree, so the primary focus of vista pruning is still to maintain strong, healthy trees.

Espalier Pruning

Espaliered trees are heavily pruned to grow flat up against walls or a trellis. It is a different style of tree trimming that will draw a lot of attention to your landscape. Espalier pruning has to begin when the tree is young and then continued very routinely during the tree’s life span.

of espalier pruning include allowing maximum sunlight to get to the trees, as well as making it exceptionally easier to harvest fruit.

Professional Tree Pruning in Texas

Tree trimming can be dangerous for a tree, your landscaping, and, of course, for you! TX Tree Trimming highly suggests professional tree pruning over DIY.

Besides the possible dangers of tree trimming, you can do a lot of damage to a tree if you don’t trim it correctly. Over-pruning is one of the most typical errors made by homeowners caring for their own trees.

Trees in Texas that get routine care from a professionals are usually much better off, and hiring an experienced arborist from TX Tree Trimming to prune trees on your property is a choice you won’t regret. Locate your city in our service area. We work with arborists throughout the entire state of Texas!