Tree pruning is an annual activity which is essential to maintain the healthy growth of a tree. If you love landscaping around your house, it is equally important to consider the periodic tree pruning to maintain a healthy landscape. While tree trimming is required only in the instance of some issue with the tree, tree pruning is typically done to prepare the tree to thrive for the warmer months.
A proper tree pruning needs to be strategic and skill-based to yield the desired results. There are certain prescribed growth patterns for a specific tree-type which helps to grow it healthy further.
Here are some of the general guidelines which help you to make your tree pruning effective:
Pruning in winter
Winter is considered as the best time for the pruning as there is no leaf growth during this time and branches are highly visible. The right time for winter pruning is just after the coldest part of the weather is passed. All the branches which are excessively long and crossing over the other branches should be trimmed or pruned. In spring, these branches will lead to healthy growth.
Pruning in summer
If you are looking for corrective pruning, summer is the ideal time to consider. At this time, you can observe the growth of the tree before finalizing the pruning decision. It gives a fair idea on which parts of the tree needs pruning and how the tree resources can be best redirected.
Pruning for flowering
You can enhance the flower blooming better in spring with proper pruning. The trees blooming in the springtime need pruning for branches once the flowers fade away. As this pruning sources the food to the pruned branches, it helps in bloom the new bulbs. For the trees blooming in the middle of the summer, the early spring or right after a freeze are the ideal times for prune.
How pole saw helps in pruning?
Some of the intended uses of pole saw is cutting off branches as well pruning. The branches which cannot be reached by flat-footed, pole saw are meant to prune them without causing any strain.
The first step is to choose an ideal pole saw to ensure strain-free pruning. A perfect pole saw can easily reach up to the height of the tree’s branches. Consider the dimension of trees which needs to be dealt with. It helps in determining the bar size and pole length.
After this, consider the power source to choose the type of pole saw suitable for pruning. If electricity or gas is readily available, you can choose an electric or gas powered pole saw. Else cordless or battery-powered pole saw are great to consider.
A chainsaw sharpener helps in maintain the sharpness of cutting blade. Hence, if you are going to prune so many branches simultaneously, it is equally essential to arrange a chainsaw sharpener. Consider a light-weight pole saw which eases your task. Most of the gar and petrol pole saws are available under 12 pounds.
Once you choose your pole saw, next is the selection of branches which needs to be pruned. Position your pole saw vertically to the branches which need to be pruned. As jump cut needs more efforts, most of the perpendicular cuts should be from the top side of the branch to let the gravity favour you.
Start with the small branches which are easy to cut than larger branches. Generally, 3-4 cuts are required for the large branches to cut off — Mark the first cut 6-10 inches underside from the trunk. The second cut should be marked at 1-2 inches away from the first cut. Locate the branch collar which is developed from the stem issue closer the branch base. It contains the cells which help the tree in healing the wounds. Hence, it is crucial to prune the branches without damaging the branch collar. Most of the trees have self-healing capacity, but you can also use latex after pruning to cover the wounds and avoid any insect-transmitted disease to them.
Poles are challenging to use for the first time users. Only a controlled movement with the pole saw ensure safety and efficiency at pruning. It is recommended to start your work at a slower pace to avoid any potential mishap.