How to Properly Prune Small Trees

If you have a small tree growing outside of your home or business, one of the best ways to ensure that it continues to grow and stays healthy is by pruning it regularly. Pruning won’t take a whole lot of time or effort on your part, but it will yield results if you do it correctly and don’t neglect your trees. Take a look at a few tips for pruning small trees below.

Prune branches that appear to be dying immediately.

Once a branch on a tree has died, there is really no need for it to be around anymore. All it will do is potentially threaten the well-being of other branches located nearby. Once you realize that a small tree has a dead branch on it, prune it right away and check for any signs of health problems in the branches located above and below it. You might notice a larger problem with your tree when you do this.

Prune branches that are too close to each other.

You don’t want to have too many branches growing in one specific part of a tree. It can cause problems down the line with the tree, and it can also make the tree look unsightly. Pick the weakest branches of the bunch and prune them to give the stronger ones the spaces they need to flourish. Branches on a small tree should not be crossing or rubbing up against other branches.

Prune branches during the ideal time of the year.

There are many trees that need to be pruned at certain times of the year. For example, juniper trees should always be trimmed in the late winter or early spring, while ornamental pear trees should be pruned in the late spring or early summer. While you might not notice any ill effects associated with pruning a tree at the wrong time, it can cause issues with a tree and even stunt its growth if you pick the wrong time to prune.

Do you need help pruning the small trees outside of your home or business? Forest Tree Service can provide you with the assistance you need. Call us at 281-359-7874 today to find out more about what we can do for you.