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Blog Posts in category " Pruning "
As we drive around the city, we see so many trees that either have never been pruned, or have been pruned by someone who didn’t know what they were doing. Considering the extreme weather we experienced here in DFW, caring for your trees and having them pruned by an expert should be pretty close to the top of your home maintenance list.
Pruning is pretty serious business; when it comes to most of your trees, especially large trees, you should always have them pruned by a trained professional. But when it comes to smaller fruit trees, pruning is typically something that you, the urban gardener, can take care of yourself.
Recently, we were called out to help some trees expose their roots and diagnose whether their roots were girdling. Girdling, or choking, causes a constriction of the major flare roots of a tree. This can affect canopy and proper branch growth.
When an inexperienced tree care company prunes too much of your tree’s canopy, they could cause permanent and irreparable damage. It can also create a serious safety hazard by weakening your tree.
Let’s face it; sometimes folks get a little too pruner-happy. Power tools can be seductive and once we’ve bought them we want to get our money’s worth. But it’s easy to take pruning too far. Now, there are some long-accepted forms of “extreme pruning”, such as Pollarding; but they must be done properly.
Training sessions, as well as tailgate meetings, are the order of the day when it comes to imparting the latest in safety measures to our team. Recently, our attention was laser focused on lane closure tactics.
Who doesn’t like the Spring flower, Summer shade and Fall color of the Bradford Pear? It gained popularity with Landscape Architects in the 80’s for a new medium size, fast growing shade tree with little known pest and disease. Although it lives within the same growing zone and originates from China, it has provided numerous homeowners with headaches and an extra expense due to the improper pruning techniques.
Be Patient with Your Trees. They are Healing from Winter Storm Damage. You should wait to further prune large privacy shrubs and some trees that experienced heavy weight from the ice storm.