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The Best Practical Tree Pruning Tips

Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 04:03 PM  posted by admin

There are a lot of people who know that tree pruning is essential for keeping trees healthy and beautiful. The only way to accomplish this is to maintain a regular schedule for pruning so as to prevent disease and promote healthy growth. Pruning offers a host of other benefits, like clearing dead branches, clearing out and preventing rot, and protecting against insect infestation. We all appreciate trees, and of course they offer benefits beyond making landscapes beautiful—they provide oxygen. That alone should be enough to get everyone on board the “tree protection” wagon.

At Wauson Tree Service, we’re a tree care business that’s run by professional arborists who care deeply about the upkeep of trees. And we stay on mission in sticking to ISA standards for tree pruning, removal, cabling, bracing, and fertilization. As such, we’re only going to offer up the best advice and services for pruning and trimming trees. Here goes!

  • Pruning is all in the cut. Pruning may seem like a simple task that most anyone can tackle. However, that’s not always the case. When trees are cut, there are only two possible results: the tree remains healthy or it has been exposed to undue stress. It really takes a professional to know where, when, and how much to cut.
  • You have to know how much of the tree can be safely cut. Is the magic number 10%, 15%, or 20%? Actually, no more than 25% of a tree’s crown should be pruned. Over pruning, at best, will cause stress. At worse, it can kill a tree.
  • Is there a best time of year to prune? There are some trees that can be pruned any time of year. There are other trees, like those of the Birch family, that respond best to pruning in the spring. There are about 750 species of trees in North America and perhaps 100,000 around the world. As you can imagine, it takes an expert to even know where to begin.

As arborists, we know that the whole idea behind pruning is to stimulate growth. Think of it as an action that’s intended to help trees to grow healthy and strong. We make cuts that promote a tree’s health. First to go are the branches that compete, those that are misdirected, and those that are weak. Next, we’ll prune to enhance the tree’s natural form and shape. Our philosophy is that trees are shaped mostly from the inside. Some of the best times of year to prune trees are winter or early spring when active growth has not yet occurred.

With over 50 years of experience under our belt, we know a thing or two about tree service. As such, you can expect the very best services at affordable prices. We don’t sub-contract any of our work. This means that we can pass savings on to our customers. Contact us today and ask us about services offered for cabling, stump and tree removal, pruning, and fertilization. Call at 214-450-8720 or email at