If you have the right techniques and necessary tools, you may not need a professional for your tree trimming. Most of these tips are available over the internet and in many plant health related magazines. Normally, you would love to have a beautiful compound, a compound where you can be comfortable relaxing outdoors. This will largely depend on how well the plants around are trimmed.
The reality is that there are quite a number of tree trimming techniques, majority of which requires some levels of specialization and skills. The good news however is that the basics are good enough for you to keep everything in order, that is if you can spare a little of your time.
Pruning is very important for a number of reasons. The top three reasons why you must continuously prune your trees include safety, aesthetic and health. As for safety, you do not want a branch obstructing you when driving, or getting to contact with utility lines or old branches falling on your roof or injuring people.
Strategic pruning or even crown thinning can save an infected plant and improve airflow. Lastly, it helps bring out and maintain shapes and appearance that improves aesthetics of the compound. It should also be done to restrict growth, for plant training and improving the quality of stem, foliage, flower and fruits.
At any given time, not more than a quarter of the plant crown should be cleared in one season. Two-thirds of foliage should remain intact in the process raising the crown. On the other hand, the crown reduction should be avoided unless necessary. When doing this, be sure to cut off the branches which have half of foliage to be cleared.
When you find yourself having to clear over half of foliage from a branch, then that is a sign that the branch should be cut off. The branches that have a diameter of less than centimeters are the best one to cut off while those exceeding 10 centimeters are best left unless a special circumstance calls for it.
The other important tip is to do pruning in the plant dormant season unless there is an argent need to do it. It is also important to select weaker branches and cut them off, particularly is they meet the main branch with a V-shape angle. The U-shaped branches on the other hands are strong and should be left to thrive.
Before cutting, you must locate where the branch collar is-normally at the branch bottom base. Locate the ridge at the upper surface. You need to make a cut outside the bark o the branch ridge. All this is to avoid injuring the branch collar, which is done by properly aligning the cut away from the branch. With these a few more techniques, tree trimming can be very easy.
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