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A Guide to Proper Tree Pruning

Posted on 7th December 2017

Trees are the centrepiece of any garden. Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall, trees help brighten and accentuate every aspect of your garden, so it is important to give them the attention and care they deserve. To ensure your trees look their best all year round, Oak Garden Machinery have provided you with a comprehensive guide to proper tree pruning and tree maintenance.

When Should You Prune?

Unlike shrubs and bushes, there is no seasonal trend that depicts when you should start pruning your trees. For the most part, you should observe the health of your trees and plan your pruning around the condition of the tree. Proper tree pruning consists of maintaining the length of branches and trimming them if they begin to hang low or become overgrown. You should also check to see if any of your branches are diseased. You can do this by scratching the bark off a twig and seeing if the inside is a healthy green or a murky brown. If you are faced with any brown twigs, or even a diluted green, then chop these twigs to prevent any disease spreading throughout your tree.

What Will You Need?

For proper tree pruning, you are going to need the proper tools. If you are looking to do some simple maintenance work, then a pair of garden shears should be enough to help smarten up your tree and remove any overhanging or diseased branches. If you are looking to carry out some more industrious work, however, then it may be worth investing in some pruners or some saws to make the process of revamping your tree much easier. The tools you need will change depending on the nature of work being carried out, so make sure you plan your work and prepare appropriately.

Do’s and Don’ts

As previously mentioned, proper tree pruning revolves around identifying the health of your tree. Be sure to keep an eye out for any diseased branches, and use the appropriate equipment to trim them to an appropriate length to avoid the entirety of your tree becoming infected. It is one thing identifying the health of your tree, but you must also identify any risks to your health. Proper tree pruning presents a number of health and safety risks, so be sure to don the correct safety equipment and to plan every aspect of your work. If you are in need of some serious tree maintenance work, it may be worth enlisting the help of a professional arborist or tree surgeon to ensure the work is done correctly and safely.

For more information on any of the products needed for proper tree pruning, contact Oak Garden Machinery by calling us on 0800 246 5371 or by leaving us a message via our online contact form.