Tree Management: The Different Forms of Pruning

Posted on: 13 June 2017

For your trees to stay healthy and in good structural condition, they need occasional pruning. Since this pruning is necessary on a routine basis, some individuals may choose to do it on their own in an attempt to cut down the maintenance expenses of their trees. Despite this seeming like a logical approach, the reality is that you could be causing irrevocable damage to your trees. Bear in mind that tree pruning is conducted in various ways depending on what the immediate needs of your tree are. Thus, it is always advisable to have professional tree management services undertake this project for you. So what are the different forms of tree pruning?

Tree raising

This form of pruning is carried out with the aim of raising the crown of your tree. The arborist will cut away some of the lower branches of the tree, which would make the crown appear high. Raising is essential if the tree is not receiving adequate ventilation, which would cause some of the lower branches to succumb to decay and other deformities. Tree raising may also be carried out if the lower branches of your tree are coming into contact with the different structures on your property, as this could cause the risk of roof damage.

Tree reduction

As the name suggests, this type of pruning functions to reduce the overall size of the tree. However, it should not be carried out haphazardly as indiscriminate cutting of the stems and branches could lead to severe tree wounds developing. These wounds can then compromise the overall health of your tree, which would subsequently necessitate tree removal. For tree reduction to be carried out successfully, you would need to hire a professional arborist who would have in-depth knowledge of the individual structure of your tree, allowing them to determine which areas can be done away with. It should be noted that tree reduction would have to be carried out on a regular basis or the tree would grow back to its original size.

Tree thinning

This form of pruning is typically carried out to reduce the overall size of the tree crown. There are a number of reasons why tree thinning would be necessary. Firstly, an overgrown crown would eventually begin to affect the balance of your tree. As a result, you will find that your tree can start to lean in one direction and this would put it at risk of toppling. Secondly, an overgrown crown would start to block sunlight from penetrating your yard. The lack of adequate sunlight will not only cause the inner parts of your tree to start to deteriorate, but you will also find that the grass and plants under the shadow of the canopy will also begin to die.


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Hi, my name is Sophie. Welcome to my tree care blog. I never paid much attention to trees until I was about 32 years old. I mean, I liked trees. I liked sitting under trees in the summer, but I didn't really think about the effort needed to keep them healthy. All that changed when I married a wonderful man and we purchased a big house in the countryside. The property featured a large garden which contained lots of trees. I wasn't sure how to manage them so I called in a tree service. The guys were great and gave me a real education. I decided I would like to share what I had learnt here.


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