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In the urban environment trees may require pruning to improve their structure, reduce the load on heavy limbs, remove dead, broken and diseased limbs, and to create clearance for buildings, utility lines and other trees. Pruning too much live material can be harmful for the tree, as generally no more than 25% of the live crown should be removed. The best time to prune trees is when they are young, a year or two after planting and regularly every 3-4 years while they are growing vigorously. This allows for the removal of poorly attached and competing branches while they are still small resulting in a small wound, and limited impact on the tree compared to a larger wound and impact if pruning is delayed for many years. Pruning trees when they are young allows them to develop into a well-structured tree with fewer inherent problems when they mature. For more information about our services, contact Full Circle Tree Care today.

Pruning Dos and Don’ts

At Full Circle Tree Care, we believe in taking every precaution necessary to ensure your trees are never harmed. With that in mind, pruning trees that require climbing should never be carried out with spurs or spikes worn on the climber’s feet. Spurs create numerous wounds in the tree and can easily spread disease from one tree to another causing potentially irreversible damage. Pruning the top out of your tree is also not recommended as this removes too much live material, leaves a trunk wound that is prone to decay, and may lead to structural problems or tree decline/death.

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