Tree Pruning

Why Do Tree Pruning?

Nothing looks good when it’s poorly groomed, which is a good reason to take care of your trees. If neglected, they could make your entire yard look rather shabby. Aside from the looks, pruning is vital for the growth of trees. Pruning young trees can prolong the life expectancy of a tree. We reduce the risk of limb failure and prune out the imperfections.

There are other reasons as well. Trees provide the cool comfort of shade, filter the sun’s rays, muffle noise and act as a windbreak. Also, it may reduce cooling costs during the summertime. In turn, during the winter, proper wind screening reduces heating costs. This is why it is important to plan out the correct tree for the correct spot.

The manner in which cuts are made may be vital to the health of a tree. Cutting too much into the branch collar may cause improper healing. This could adversely introduce pests and diseases. Cutting too far can show an unsightly stub while attracting pests due to decaying necrotic wood tissue.

Proper Pruning Guidelines We Follow:

  • Our baseline pruning consists of removing dead, diseased and broken branches. We offer 1-inch pruning (Fine Pruning) and 2-inch pruning (Safety Prune).
  • We remove Water sprouts in such a way to cut the ones that are inhibiting sunlight penetration and growing towards main trunks. We leave a select few because water sprouts are used by trees to protect the bark from the sun.
  • Never “top” a tree by cutting its main branches back to stubs. This is one of the worst things you can do for the health of a large tree.
GV Tree Crew working on site

There are other reasons as well. Trees provide the cool comfort of shade, filter the sun’s rays, muffle noise and act as a windbreak. Also, it may reduce cooling costs during the summertime. In turn, during the winter, proper wind screening reduces heating costs. This is why it is important to plan out the correct tree for the correct spot.

The manner in which cuts are made may be vital to the health of a tree. Cutting too much into the branch collar may cause improper healing. This could adversely introduce pests and diseases. Cutting too far can show an unsightly stub while attracting pests due to decaying necrotic wood tissue.

Trees are also giant contributors to oxygen production through the process of photosynthesis. Trees release oxygen when they use energy from the sunlight to make glucose from carbon dioxide and water.

So be nice to your trees. You’ll find that, in return, they’ll be nice to you. They will look good, too.

G&V has been on a “crusade” educating the general public that “topping” is not proper tree pruning. Topping has been used in the past to reduce the height of large trees. This is a fruiting technique which increases fruit production. The issue is that this style of pruning is meant for smaller fruit trees, not large mature trees. Pruning trees in such a manner will cause the sprouts that grow from the cuts to become large treetops. Meaning that these sprouts do not have the proper attachment when they grow large. That means once your top a tree, the gets bigger it gets, the more unstable it becomes. Topping can be done on certain species of small trees. These trees can take the wound from a cut due to it's vigor.

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