Tree Pruning in Atlanta

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Why Richmond Tree Experts should Prune your trees!

Tree Trimming or Pruning may be necessary to maintain or improve a trees' health, apperance or safety. At times it may be necessary to remove limbs that interfere with wires, buildings, gutters, roofs, chimneys, windows or streets and sidewalks. Dead limbs always need to be removed if someone could be struck by one falling. Remove deseased or insect infested limbs that may lead to further decay. Create better structure by removing competeing limbs thereby reducing storm damage to trees. Improve light penetration on lawns and gardens. Lastly you can prune to improve the shape or silhouette of a tree. Richmond Tree Experts reserves only the best, most experienced, crews for tree pruning. A poorly pruned tree will lead to future problems including, bad would closure, infectous desease and eventualy death of a tree. Properly pruned trees on the other hand add significant value to your property for many years to come. Understand the pruning needs of mature trees and the proper pruning techniques for their care. Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure in Atlanta. Although forest trees grow quite well with only nature’s pruning, Urban trees require a higher level of care to maintain their structural integrity and aesthetics. Pruning must be done with an understanding of tree biology. Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten the tree’s life.

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Reasons for Pruning

Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Common reasons for pruning are to remove a tree's dead branches, to improve form or shape of a tree, and to reduce the risk a tree may pose to persons or property. Trees may also be pruned or trimmed to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as corrective or preventive measures. Routine thinning does not necessarily improve the health of a tree. Trees produce a dense crown of leaves to manufacture the sugar used as energy for growth and defense. Removal of limbs and foliage through pruning can reduce the tree's ability to fight pathogens and consume stored energy reserves. Heavy pruning can be a significant health stress for some trees, especially in the hot, southern climate of Atlanta. There are many outside considerations, however, that make it necessary to prune trees. Safety, clearance, and compatibility with other components of a property are all major concerns. Proper pruning, with an understanding of tree biology, can maintain good tree health and structure while enhancing the aesthetic and economic values of our homes and businesses.

When to Prune

Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. In Georgia, growth and wound closure are maximized in dicidous trees if pruning takes place before the spring growth flush. Some trees, such as maples and birches, tend to “bleed” if pruned early in the spring. It may be unsightly, but it is of little consequence to the tree. Other trees like Crepe Myrtles should be pruned no later than February so as not to interfer with new growth. A few tree diseases, such as oak wilt, can be spread when pruning wounds provide access to pathogens by means of wood feeding insects. Susceptible trees should not be pruned during active transmission periods. Heavy pruning in the spring of trees with new leaves should be avoided, especially on weak trees. At that time, trees have just "invested" a great deal of energy to produce foliage and early shoot growth. Removal of a large percentage of foliage at that time can stress the tree.

Making Proper Pruning Cuts

Pruning cuts should be made just outside the branch collar. The branch collar contains wound healing tissue and should not be damaged or removed. If the trunk collar has grown out on a dead limb to be removed, make the cut just beyond the collar. Do not cut the collar. If a large limb is to be removed, its weight should first be reduced. This is done by making an undercut about 6 to 12 inches from the limb’s point of attachment. Make a second cut from the top, directly above or a few inches farther out on the limb. Doing so removes the limb, leaving the 6 to 12 inch stub. Remove the stub by cutting back to the branch collar. This technique reduces the possibility of peeling the bark.

Pruning Techniques

In Atlanta, specific types of pruning may be necessary to maintain a mature tree in a healthy, safe, and attractive condition. Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree. Thinning is selective branch removal to improve structure and to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Proper thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree’s natural shape. Elevating removes the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas. Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for utility line clearance. Reducing a tree’s height or spread is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to secondary branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree.

How Much Should Be Pruned?

The amount of live tissue that should be removed depends on the tree’s size, species, and age, as well as the pruning objectives. Younger trees tolerate the removal of a higher percentage of living tissue better than mature trees do. Generally, no more than 25% of the crown should be removed at once, and less for mature trees. Removing even a single, large-diameter limb can result in significant canopy loss and can create a wound that the tree may not be able to heal over. Care should be taken to achieve pruning objectives while minimizing live branch loss and wound size. You can't undo damage to a tree, so you better get it done right the first time, Call Richmond Tree Today to schedule your free Pruning Estimate.

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