Pruning is one of the most important forms of tree maintenance you can do. In addition to protecting innocent bystanders from harmful falling limbs, this process also gives healthy branches what they need to thrive.

Depending on the size of your trees and how long it has been since they were last pruned, you will probably want to hire a Atlanta’s leading tree company do to the work for you.

The Importance of Routine Pruning

Smaller limbs can be cut with a handheld saw or pruning shears, but larger ones and those above ground level require specialty machinery that only trained people are advised to use.

Hundreds of homeowners are injured every year as the result of unintentional falls and from misplaced debris. If you have ever attempted cutting a thick branch, you know that they often seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to directional dropping.

Another thing that many people do not realize is that pruning fundamentally alters how a tree grows. To keep limbs from veering near rooftops and power lines, strategically placed cuts are essential. However, special care must be taken to ensure the structural integrity of the tree is not damaged, creating uneven weight distribution, shortened trunk life and a poor aesthetic design.

How do you know when it is the right time to prune? While the exact time depends on the specific tree in question and whether an emergency situation is at hand, the ideal season is late autumn and throughout the winter months. During the growth phase, which typically occurs from spring to early summer, trees are at a greater risk for sustaining irreversible damage caused by improper pruning techniques. Later in the year, trees are at their most durable.

Last but certainly not least, be very careful not to prune too much. The key is to be as minimally invasive as possible so take off no more than 1/4 of the tree’s crown. Our tree specialists will be able to answer any and all questions pertaining to the right pruning time for your trees, so feel free to give us a call.