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Why and When to Prune Mature trees.

Pruning is, by far, the most important tree maintenance procedure. Although forest trees grow quite well without professional tree pruning, landscape trees require regular maintenance in order to ensure their safety and aesthetics. However, what every tree owner should know, is that improper pruning can cause damage that may shorten the tree’s life, and this is one of the main reasons why tree pruning should be performed by an expert.

Reasons for Pruning.
The most common reasons for pruning is to remove crowded or rubbing limbs, dead branches and to eliminate hazards. Trees may also be trimmed or pruned to increase air penetration and light. In most cases, trees are pruned as a preventive or corrective measure. What you have to remember is that no branch should be removed without a reason.

You must also know that frequent trimming does not necessarily improve the health of the tree. This is because, in a normal tree pruning process, a significant amount of foliage is removed. However, trees manufacture sugar that is used for growth and development through their leaves, so removal of foliage may reduce growth and stored energy reserves.

When to Prune.
If the main purpose of pruning is to remove dead, diseased or weak limbs, then it can be performed at any time during the year. However, we highly recommend pruning your trees before the spring growth flush. The reason for that is because, in the spring, growth is maximized and wound closure is fastest.

There are a few types of trees which may “bleed” if pruned early in the spring. Among the most popular are Birches and Maples. Although it may seem unsightly to prune a tree when is “bleeding” abundantly, remember that it is of little consequence to the tree.

You should always avoid heavy pruning after the spring growth. In order to ensure a job done right, it’s better to hire a professional tree pruning service provider. All Seasons Tree Service is one of the companies we highly recommend. If you reside in Spokane, all you have to do is call (208) 660-7461.

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