Tree Cutting Tips
Difference Between Tree Pruning & Tree Topping / Tree Lopping
Tree pruning services are required for a tree that needs dead branches removed, size reduction, or is ready for some new growth or even improved production of flowers and fruit.
When it comes to topping or lopping a tree, the tree is actually re-shaped. This is often for aesthetic or landscaping purposes, and there are serious considerations that must be taken before such drastic steps are taken.
When To Prune
Trees that have just leafed out in spring could be weakened by pruning too early. Pruning in late summer will prevent weakening.
Pruning for structure and form is best left until after the leaves fall and the branches can be seen clearly.
Remove dead wood in the summer when leafless branches are easily spotted.
Major pruning should not be initiated during “maple sugar time” (January through early March in most areas).
Beetles that infect oak trees are active from late spring through midsummer. If oak wilt is present in your region, do not prune your oaks during this period.
Pruning for clearance should be done when branches are sagging to their lowest point.
Remember – before you start pruning your tree it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you first consult professional tree trimmers! Trimming a tree that may be protected by law can result in criminal penalties. Don’t take any risks and let us handle the work!
What To Do With Stubs
When a branch breaks off in the wind or is cut too far from where it joins the tree, a stub remains. This dead remnant prevents a protective callus from closing the wound and provides insects with an entry point. Once insects make inroads, moisture and rot can take over.
The discolored wood in the stub shows the damage the tree sustained as rot spread. When cutting off an old stub, be careful not to cut into the swollen callus tissue forming at the base of the stub. It’s needed to seal the wound.
Applying a seal over pruning cuts or even broken branches is no longer necessary. Allowing a wound to breathe is the best way for it to heal faster.