Affordable Tree Pruning Services
Tree pruning, distinctly different from tree lopping, is the careful removal of dead or dying branches on a tree to promote future growth of strong, healthy branches. The goal is to do this in such a way that it meets the Australian arboriculture standards. Pruning also helps maintain strong trees that can withstand damage during harsh or severe weather. It also helps land owners or property managers maintain the aesthetic of a clean garden and well-landscaped yard. Most trees are best maintained when they are pruned and trimmed seasonally. This will bolster-up their growth and enhance the fruit they produce after the dormant season.
Pruning can be especially important for open-growth trees that aren’t built to self-prune. All woody plants shed branches in response to shading and competition. Branches that are poorly attached to the trunk may be broken-off by wind or harsh weather conditions. These wounds from broken limbs leave behind large holes that splinter-off and rarely seal well. When we step into the gap to prune trees around us, it supplements and enhances that natural process so that our trees in Melbourne can grow stronger and with more longevity.
Although tree pruning certainly helps the aesthetics of your outdoor space, the primary goal is to help your trees thrive with strong branches and healthy limbs. There are many things to consider when pruning a tree. Some of the more important considerations include the placement of notches, and the cleanliness of cuts.
Pruning is best when cut at a node, which is where 2 branches come together. For bigger limbs, it is best to cut just beyond the branch collar. This is where the branch attaches to the trunk. Cutting at nodes is effective because nodes are a point of growth on trees. Here, the stem tissues are separate but contiguous. This means the stems will seal more effectively once they are cut and reduce the likelihood of decay. Pruning dead branches should be cut with the same precision and intentionality as live branches. This prevents unnecessary injury.
Pruning trees is an art of sorts – there are many methods and techniques to consider, based on the tree type, size, and your end-goal for pruning. Some pruning operations are simple and can be accomplished by following instructions from your favourite video series or website. Some tree pruning jobs are much bigger and more involved. Because of the intricacies of this craft, we advise that you reach out to a professional arborist, like us here at Dynamic Arborist, for expertise and guidance. Our services will set your trees up well for strong growth and healthy limbs for years to come!