Tree pruning can be the most important or the worst thing that can be done to your trees.
Once a limb or branch is removed it’s impossible to reattach it. Understanding each species’ branching structure and the consequences of what cuts to make to accomplish the ideal objective are vital to the long-term health of the tree.
In the last 20-30 years, the nursery industry has made many available varieties of trees to the public. Many of these varieties have a branching structure that, if not understood can cause the tree to be short-lived. One of our favorite quotes is, “Love the trees to death.” We’ve all seen instances where someone with good intentions destroys the silhouette of a perfectly beautiful tree. New Day Arborist’s approach is to determine what your objectives are, and work towards the best solution, both for the tree and you.
The most important reason to prune is to improve the structure of the tree. This is simply allowing the limbs the proper room to attach themselves securely to the main trunk. If a trees overall mature height is approximately 50’ the main limbs should be spaced 2’-6” apart (deciduous varieties), or 5% of the height of the tree.
There are many other reasons to prune, including, but not limited to:
“Overplanting” is a phenomenon that occurs when people buy too many plants with the good intention of filling-up their landscape right away. Overplanting causes the health of the less competitive plants to be compromised. In some yards the overall height and width of the mature plants were not carefully understood. Therefore it’s necessary to remove the weaker specimens for the long-term health of the others. Think of this as “pruning for your landscape.”
Fruit trees require a different approach to pruning as the focus is to maintain the height to a reachable level and prune to produce a branching structure that will endure the weight of the maturing fruit. Most fruit trees have what are called “spurs” or “fruiting spurs,” which, if pruned, can lead to a nice tree with no fruit. There are small but significant differences in pruning one variety versus another variety.
There are many exciting new varieties of fruit trees being offered by local nurseries from all over the world. Each one has idiosyncrasies that should be understood by those doing the work on the tree.
Ornamental and hedge pruning is one of our specialties. Jeff Day has been in the nursery and landscape maintenance business for over four decades and knows that each situation can be a challenge if the big picture is not understood. New Day Arborist takes the time to discuss the options available, and come up with the best options for your yard.