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Pruning: The Benefits of Different Types

May 12

We love seeing the snow attach to our trees' branches during Washington DC winters. We sometimes notice that the branches of our trees can become stuck in the crown, such as congested, low-hanging, or damaged branches. These are signs that tree cutting in Washington DC may be necessary to ensure the tree's safety and health.

For tree pruning, we prefer to use proper terminology and descriptive language to explain the factors involved.

The Different Types of Crown Pruning

Common pruning methods include removing dead or diseased branches. Certified Arborists have the ability to spot these branches when they are looking at trees. Arborists have a natural ability to identify these types of branches and remove them in their everyday work.

Tree pruning is removing any dead, diseased, or broken branches. This allows air movement to occur and more light to penetrate. Exercising branches and excess foliage helps to reduce the risk of branch collapse by reducing the weight and length of extended branches. Pruning a tree can only be done by an arborist within a certain limit. The rule of thumb is not to remove more than one-fourth (or less) of the tree's foliage.

Storms often give homeowners an insight into the potential dangers of branches to buildings, signs, or electrical wires. These branches may not be found until they have broken. Certified Arborists should be able to remove weakly attached branches so that the danger is reduced before it causes damage to the tree or property. This protects the tree's structure and helps it thrive over time. One method for structural pruning involves removing the branches to their lower lateral branches. This allows the tree’s central leader to be the dominant branch in its growth. This pruning method is less damaging than tree topping which involves significant, indiscriminate cuts to the top of the tree. Instead, structural pruning will improve branch spacing and reduce branches in needed areas to help maintain a high-performing tree.

Broken branches that are damaged from storms must be cut to manage the tree's growth response. For future growth, tree pruning involves removing damaged branches.

Different types of tree pruning

Special pruning may be required for trees planted in tight areas or too close to buildings. For areas such as courtyards, patios, or other landscape structures, special clearance pruning will be required to ensure that the trees are not in close proximity to buildings.

Another type of specialized pruning might include topiary trimming. These types of shrubs or trees are beautifully trimmed and can be very eye-catching. A topiary plant is a tree or shrub that needs to be maintained in a landscape.

Sometimes, branches from trees may become an obstruction to the view. For those situations, specialist pruning can be done to restore the view. Sometimes all it takes to restore a view blocked by trees is to trim out the entire tree, thin the tree, or even raise a crown.

These are just a few of the many types of tree pruning. When choosing the type of pruning to use, it is important that you consider the end goal. Washington Tree Solution has a team of certified arborists that strive to preserve each tree's health. Our team of Certified Arborists will choose the right pruning methods for you based on the season we are pruning and your end goal. It is worth scheduling your tree pruning for this spring.

 

Washington Tree Solution

4701 Iowa ave. NW.apt3 Washington DC 20011

(202) 951 5670