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Not Planning To Hire An Arborist? 6 Tree Pruning Tips

by Aliana Baraquio
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So hiring an arborist is not an option? There may be some reasons why you wouldn’t hire like it’s not on the budget, no one’s available in your area, or maybe you just don’t want to. Still, you need someone to help your trees develop and be healthy.

However, if there are no other options you can always do it on your own. You’ll need to have enough knowledge so that you can have a successful pruning experience.

It’s important to prune your trees to give them good form as they grow. In addition, your trees will also decrease the risk of having diseases. Unfortunately, if your trees are sick or dying, you may not have enough knowledge on how to handle it so might as well can an arborist for help.


On the other hand, if you think you’ll just need to maintain your trees, then you should check the tips below!

1. Schedule regular pruning

Although this might be your first time pruning trees, you need to know when is the right time to do it. However, you should not worry even if you did it at the wrong time because your trees won’t die but they’ll just be damaged.

Usually, pruning is done after they flower the first time to help eliminate the old branches where the previous flower grew. Make sure that the flowers are no longer there, while the blooming season hasn’t started yet. That way, you won’t have to sacrifice some flowers just to trim the trees.

The only exception when pruning is when the branches of your trees are either dying, sick, or, broken. But maintenance pruning should have a regular schedule.

2. Use the right tools

You may already have some basic tools for gardening such as gloves, boots, and shover. However, if you don’t, you’ll need to borrow from your neighbour or friend. Meanwhile, you can also invest and buy the tools so you won’t have to borrow them every time.

When it comes to your pruning tool kit, you should have a hand pruner, lopping shears, and a pruning saw. With these tools, you can gradually start pruning immediately.

After using the tools, wash them with soap and water, and make sure to remove all the dirt. You should also sharpen them once in a while. Nevertheless, if you think you can’t handle these tools, it’s better to can an arborist.


3. Cut at the right distance and angle

Want to prune the right way? Normally, you can choose between the two types of cuts— thinning and heading.

When you want to have a fresh branch wherein the buds will bloom, then you should do the heading cut. However, you should be careful as you need to cut above the bud to prevent it from any damage. In addition, when cutting, it should be at a 45° angle.

Meanwhile, if you want to reduce the intertwining of branches or growing trees and remove them, then thinning can be done.

4. Remove dead, broken, and sick parts

Aside from the maintenance of the tree, you’ll also need to remove the unwanted parts to prevent the spreading of diseases or damaging properties. The parts that are dead, with a disease, or broken, should be immediately removed.

However, if you think the disease of the tree has already spread or it’s already dead, then it’s time to call for an arborist for tree removal services.

If you decide to go on with cutting a damaged part of the tree, you’ll need some time to observe and identify the parts you need to remove. Otherwise, if you just proceed without planning, you might end up damaging a bigger part of your tree.


5. Apply pruning methods

Following the types of cuts, there are also pruning methods involve. It mainly focuses on the crown as it’s important especially for producing leaves. In addition, once the crown is healthy, the rest of the tree parts will also grow stronger.

With that, here are the pruning methods you need to try for your trees.

  • Cleaning- removing dead and damaged branches of the tree.
  • Thinning- reducing the branches to let air pass from one side to the other.
  • Raising- removing lower branches to give way to cars and infrastructures. It’ll also help to prevent an accident like bumping your head to it.
  • Reduction- contrary to raising, a reduction is needed to decrease the size of the tree.

6. Don’t seal the fresh cuts

It’s not recommended to seal the fresh cuts of a tree. Whether it’s a branch or an entire bark, sealing its cuts can give fungi and bacteria a place to live in. Additionally, since the sealed part will be moist and dark, it can eventually create a disease.

Some people use paint to seal the wounds of the branches, but experts reveal that this can also prevent faster healing. In fact, it’s also labelled to be for aesthetic purposes only and has nothing to do with the healing process.

Still, the best option is to leave the cuts open to be able to breathe and heal faster. You can also contact an arborist, and consult if there are new options to choose from.


Can’t wait to try pruning? As you already know some techniques, you can start by buying borrowing tools you’ll need for the whole process. Don’t forget to let us know how was your first pruning experience by leaving a comment below!

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