Everything You Need to Know About Big Tree Pruning

As a professional tree company with many years of experience providing tree pruning services in Dallas-Fort Worth, we know big tree pruning/small tree pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure for local homeowners. Although forest trees grow okay on their own, landscaped trees require a little bit of care and maintenance in order for them to have structural integrity and aesthetics. Pruning must be done by a professional with an understanding of tree biology. Improper pruning of a mature tree can cause lasting damage and even shorten the tree’s lifespan.

Reasons for Pruning Big Trees

Because each cut the tree receives can change its growth, no branch should be removed without good reason. Common reasons for pruning mature trees are to remove dead branches, to improve its form, and reduce risk of a falling branch. A tree might also be prune to increase light and air penetration to the tree’s crown or to the landscape below the tree. In many cases, big trees are usually pruned as corrective or preventative measures.

Routine thinning doesn’t necessarily improve the health of a mature tree. Trees produce a dense crown of leaves to manufacture the sugar they need for energy and growth. Removal of this extra foliage through pruning and trimming can reduce growth and take away stored energy the tree needs. Heavy pruning can and will affect the tree.

There are many other considerations to keep in mind. Safety, clearance, and compatibility with other components of the landscape are also concerns. Proper pruning with an understanding of tree biology is essential to having a healthy tree while enhancing the aesthetics of the landscape.

When to Prune Large Trees

With regular pruning, the dead, weak, and diseased limbs can be taken away. As a rule, growth and wound closure are maximized if pruning takes place before spring. Some trees—such as maples—tend to bleed if pruned too early in the spring. This can cause an unsightly tree, as well as damage to the tree.

A few tree diseases—such as oak wilt—can quickly spread when pruning wounds allow access to pathogens. Susceptible trees should never be pruned during active transmission cycles.

Heavy pruning of live tissue after the spring growth should always be avoided, especially on weaker trees because trees have just expended a lot of energy to produce this foliage. Removal of this foliage can cause a lot of stress for the tree.

How Much Should Be Pruned

The amount of live tissue that should be removed from the tree depends on the tree’s actual size, species, age, and pruning goals. Younger trees can tolerate the removal of a higher percentage of living tissue as opposed to mature trees. Generally, no more than 25% of the crown should be removed at once, especially when it comes to mature trees.

Removing even a single, large-diameter limb can cause a lot of loss for the tree and create a wound that the tree might never be able to heal. Care should be taken to achieve the pruning goals while minimizing large branch loss and wound size.

Higher a Specialist for Pruning Large Trees

While small tree pruning can often be done by the homeowner, big tree pruning is a very dangerous job. If pruning involves working above the ground, it usually means using powerful equipment, which is the reason you need to hire a professional tree trimming company. An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to help your mature tree. A professional arborist can also provide you the service of a trained crew that specializes in big tree pruning.

If you’re looking for big tree pruning/small tree pruning, contact our experts here at Chippers Tree Service today by calling 972-743-9959 and taking advantage of a FREE estimate.

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