Debunking Tree Pruning Myths

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Pruning is a tree care practice that helps preserve the health of trees. In many cases, pruning is done to improve the aesthetics of a yard. Here are some myths about tree pruning that you shouldn't believe.

Trees Shouldn't Be Pruned During Summer 

Summer isn't an ideal time to prune large quantities of branches. This is because high temperatures or drought can exert immense stress or cause significant deterioration of mature trees. However, you can perform light crown cleaning during the summer months. You can also do corrective pruning during the hot season without causing any harm. Before you engage in summer pruning, make sure you consult a licensed arborist.

Tree Topping Is More Effective Than Pruning

Tree topping involves shortening a tree by cutting most of its large branches. The branches that are removed include the central stem and the upper limbs. Tree topping can leave your trees permanently disfigured and damaged. First, the tree has fewer leaves for photosynthesis. This means the tree is starved of nutrients necessary for its survival. Eventually, the tree will die. 

Also, tree topping leaves large wounds on the tree. These wounds take time to heal and become the entry points for insects and harmful organisms like fungi. Therefore, pruning is more effective and healthier than tree topping.

All Trees Are Pruned the Same Way

The method of pruning varies depending on the tree. For example, fruit and shade trees are pruned differently. Fruit trees are meant for production and are pruned annually to stimulate the growth of the wood that will produce fruit crops in the future. On the other hand, shade trees don't need to produce fruiting wood and are pruned less often.

Trees Heal Faster When You Cut Close to the Tree Trunk

Many believe that pruning close to the tree trunk will help the tree heal faster. However, a proper cut should be outside the branch bark and branch collar. This area contains tissues that help in wound closure. Therefore, cutting close to this area will hamper the tree's healing ability. To avoid accidental cuts, you should hire a professional arborist to prune your trees.

Wound Dressing Helps Your Tree Heal

Some people think that pruned trees should be dressed to aid in the healing process. Wound dressing isn't necessary after pruning your trees. You don't need to coat the wounded part with paint, tar, or other materials. Provided the cut was executed correctly, the tree will heal on its own. Trees produce protective barriers that promote wound healing.

Turn to residential tree care services to learn more.