Topping and Pruning Trees 

As long as trees are planted in the best location, they will grow well. A professional arborist could help decide what trees would grow best in your lawn and your location. They can also help come up with different trees to prettify your landscape.  

Topping and Pruning

The most desired unfortunately grow slowly. Homeowners sometimes plant silver maples since they grow moderately fast in the eastern United States. But, they also have low root systems that could damage sidewalks, driveways, and patios. Also, the wood is less thick and thus more inclined to break during a storm.  

On the other hand, sugar maple trees and red oak tend to better hold up. However, they take a lot of time to mature. 

Another factor to consider is resistance to disease. However, it is hard to predict with any safe bet.  

There are a lot of reasons to prune a tree. And safety is the number one reason. Branches that brush against the house or overhang the house should be removed. Branches that obstruct visibility near intersections and streets much also be trimmed away. 

You should also aim dead branches, along with any the rub and cross against each other. Pruning is a good way to boost the shape and stimulate the production of fruit.  

Winter or late fall is the best time to prune. Loss of sap is minimized and the tree would not be stressed because the sap isn’t running. Insects are also inactive, which helps preventing infection. 

Branches of the tree must always be cut at a node or the area where the branch links to another branch. The cut must just be outside of the bark ridge that matures at this intersection. Angle the cut down and create as tiny branch stub as possible.  

  • Crown Thinning 

This process is used mainly on hardwoods. It is an extremely selective and cautious branch removal in the tree crown. Do not prune away a quarter more of the crown that is still alive at one time. 

  • V-shaped Unions 

Branches that riven off in a sharp V-shape would have a bark wedge in between that moves in.  The wedge shows a weak spot in the tree and you must remove one branch. 

  • Crown Raising 

Branches that suspend low present a hazard to pedestrians and must be trimmed away.  

You need the proper tools to prune large branches. Begin with a rope saw that that could be utilized to cut high limbs of the tree from the ground. A pole pruner could be fixed to an extension pole to trim branches safely without using a ladder.  Handy buck saws are perfect since they are collapsible for storage and lightweight. Clean the tools always after use with water and soap to avoid spreading disease between one tree to another. If you do not feel comfortable doing the work, hire a company that offers tree trimming service. Most of them have their own website such as You can visit their website and get a free estimate. 

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