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The Case for Pruning: Learn To Prune Correctly

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 6 April , 2016
pruning, tree pruning, proper pruning, san diego, tree care

We admit it: we’re fans of trees! Beyond their beauty, we appreciate them for the tremendous environmental benefits they supply as well. From providing oxygen and preserving the soil, to curbing the effects of the sun and wind, our world would be drastically different without trees. Just as trees help us, there are things we can do to return the favor. In this article, we’re going to share tips on when and how to prune your trees.

 

WHY TREES NEED PRUNING

Trees are a lot like us in that their health needs continual monitoring. Pruning your trees is essential to getting rid of diseased branches and helps to keep insect and decay from entering the tree trunk. Pruning also stimulates and curtails growth where needed.

 

WHEN YOU SHOULD PRUNE

As far as dead or damaged limbs are concerned, you should cut those away as soon as you see them. Essentially, you can prune at virtually any time of the year here in San Diego, but its best to avoid pruning during extended periods of hot dry weather.

For ideal pruning times, shrubs and trees that flower during the spring should be pruned right after their flowers diminish.

 

HOW TO PRUNE

There’s a bit more involved in pruning than just blindly cutting limbs. Here’s how we recommend you proceed:

  1. Take a few moments to examine the tree’s dimensions and imagine how it will look once the limb(s) you want to remove has been cut.
  2. Make note of – and avoid cutting – the major branches that establish the tree’s frame
  3. Once you’ve identified the damaged branches or the ones you simply want to remove, make your cut – on the underside of the branch – several inches away from the trunk
  4. Only remove the limbs that are necessary to be removed; each cut potentially weakens the tree’s defense mechanisms from insects and other dangers

 

JUNIPER IS HERE TO HELP

If you need help pruning or have a few questions on how to further identify which trees and branches need to be pruned, we’d love to help! Contact us at Juniper Landscape Company today at (619) 334-9464.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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