Types of Tree Pruning

tree pruning types

Tree pruning in New Hampshire is an important professional service that beautifies and reinforces trees so they can withstand insects, diseases and inclement weather – and look breathtaking doing it!

Pruning needs to be completed if you want healthy trees, but it needs to be done correctly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Like a certified arborist from NH Tree Trimming. Homeowners may be able to prune and trim trees safely while they are small and growing, but you also may do permanent harm to the tree in the process.

To safely prune trees, you must know all of the following:

  • When to prune your types of trees
  • How much of the tree should be trimmed at a time
  • Where to cut each branch so you do not harm the tree

Pruning too much from a tree might kill it or lead to structural damage, but minimal trimming done every year benefits trees in several ways. Pruning helps to improve the appearance of trees, makes them stronger, removes dead or diseased limbs and expedites fruit or flower production.

For the best results, pruning must be performed every year, but as trees mature, you may be able to wait two years between major pruning services. Regardless of how often you have your trees trimmed, make sure your arborist is qualified to do the type of tree pruning your trees need. This won’t be an issue if you call NH Tree Trimming in New Hampshire!

Types of Tree Pruning Methods

There are 7 different ways to properly prune a tree so that it grows stronger and healthier every year.

Depending on the shape, type and health status of your trees, one method might be more beneficial than another, but each technique has various benefits to consider.

Crown Thinning Your Trees

Crown thinning is typical for older, overgrown trees in New Hampshire. This technique removes weak branches within the crown of the tree to allow more sunlight and air flow through the crown. Air flow is important to help prevent disease.

This tree pruning method also eliminates branches and limbs that are touching so they do not rub against one another and snap or cause weaker areas that can be an entry point for insects and pests. Branches that grow at odd angles are typically cut off during crown thinning.

Crown Raising Your Trees

This tree pruning technique removes branches at the lower part of the crown so new limbs start higher up on the trunk. Letting low branches get too big makes them hard to cut off, and they can pull nutrients from the top of the tree, which leads to less fruit and a weaker tree.

There are a variety of reasons you might want to raise the crown of a tree. Many times, it is done in order to clear the line of sight for automobiles and pedestrians, but it can be done to free up space for landscaping under the tree.

It is a common method for large trees that are close to homes and buildings.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction reduces the overall size of the crown from its exterior edges. It shortens branches horizontally and vertically to maintain the tree at a certain size. By reducing the crown size, you can remove the need to chop the tree down because it will no longer come into contact with traffic lights, power lines or street lights.

Even if the tree isn’t near structures like these, crown reduction can make the tree look neater because it also removes irregular growth. This is a good idea for trees that are various ages but are supposed to look consistent.

Crown Cleaning

Often known as deadwood pruning, crown cleaning is a minimally invasive type of tree trimming technique that eliminates dead, snapped or diseased limbs so that the rest of the tree may grow normally. These branches can only cause issues over time.

Crown cleaning helps to make the tree look much better, and it stops branches from rubbing together. It is also a safety practice that lowers the chance of branches falling, since healthy branches rarely fall.

Crown Restoration

Crown restoration is a focused trimming process for trees that were significantly damaged (either by weather or vandals). It needs to be performed by a certified arborist who knows how the tree is likely to grow in the future and roughly just how long it’s restoration is going to take.

Unlike most other tree trimming services, crown restoration happens during an extended period of time with conservative pruning that reshapes the tree. Your arborist should have a definitive plan to restore the tree, but also must be flexible as the tree begins to grow and reshape on its own, adapting to the tree’s new growth pattern.

Vista Pruning

If you want trees that help improve the overall beauty of your landscaping, you are most likely interested in vista pruning. The purpose of vista pruning is to make the tree more aesthetically pleasing from a particular vantage point.

It entails many pruning techniques including crown thinning, crown cleaning and crown reduction – any technique that makes the trees look prettier. Remember, though, that a professional will never jeopardize the health of a tree, so the primary focus of vista pruning is still to maintain strong, healthy trees.

Espalier Pruning

Espaliered trees are pruned heavily to grow flat up against a wall or a trellis. It is a unique style of tree pruning that is sure to attract a lot of attention to your yard. Espalier pruning needs to be started when the tree is very young and then done routinely during the tree’s life span.

of espalier pruning include allowing maximum sunlight to get to the trees, as well as making it easier to produce fruit.

Professional Tree Pruning in New Hampshire

Tree trimming can be harmful to a tree, your lawn, and, of course, for you! NH Tree Trimming highly suggests professional tree pruning over attempting DIY.

Aside from the possible dangers of tree trimming, you can do a lot of harm to a tree if you don’t know how to prune it correctly. Excessive pruning is one of the most common mistakes made by homeowners maintaining their own trees.

Trees in New Hampshire that get annual care from a professional are usually much better off, and hiring an experienced arborist from NH Tree Trimming to care for trees on your property is a choice you won’t regret. Locate your town in our service area. We work with arborists throughout the entire state of New Hampshire!