Types of Tree Pruning

tree pruning types

Tree pruning in Arizona is an important professional service that can beautify and reinforce trees so they are able to withstand pests, diseases and inclement weather – and look breathtaking while doing it!

Pruning has to be completed if you want healthy trees, but it needs to be done carefully by someone who knows what they’re doing. Like a certified arborist from AZ Tree Trimming. You may be able to prune trees safely while they are small and growing, but you also may be doing permanent damage to the tree in the process.

To properly prune trees, you need to know all of the following:

  • When to prune your types of trees
  • How much of the tree should be trimmed at a time
  • Where to cut the branches so you do not harm the tree

Pruning too much off of a tree can kill it or result in structural damage, but precise pruning done annually benefits trees in many ways. Professional pruning helps to improve the appearance of trees, makes them stronger, eliminates dying or diseased branches and expedites fruit or flower production.

For the best results, pruning must be done once a year, but as trees get older, you might be able to wait two years between pruning services. Regardless of how routinely you have your trees trimmed, ensure your arborist is qualified to perform the type of tree pruning your trees need. This won’t be a problem if you call AZ Tree Trimming in Arizona!

Types of Tree Pruning Methods

There are 7 different ways to properly prune a tree so that it grows stronger and healthier every year.

Depending on the size, species and health status of your trees, one pruning method could be more effective than another, but each technique has different benefits to consider.

Crown Thinning Your Trees

Crown thinning is popular for older, overgrown trees in Arizona. This process eliminates weak branches within the crown of the tree to allow more light and air flow through the crown. Air flow is important for disease prevention.

This pruning method also removes branches and limbs that are touching so they no longer rub up against one another and break or cause weaker areas that can be an entry point for pests. Branches that grow at odd angles are typically cut off during crown thinning.

Crown Raising Your Trees

This tree trimming method only removes branches and limbs at the lowest part of the crown so new limbs start higher up on the trunk. Allowing low branches to get too large makes them difficult to cut off, and they can pull nutrients away from the top of the tree, which leads to less fruit and a weak tree.

There are a variety of reasons you may decide to raise the crown of a tree. Frequently, it is done to clear the line of sight for cars and pedestrians, but it can also be done to make space for landscaping under the tree.

It is a very common method for overgrown trees that are close to homes and buildings.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction lowers the total size of the tree’s crown from its exterior edges. It shortens branches vertically and horizontally to keep the tree at a certain size. By lowering the crown size, you can eliminate the need to chop down the tree because it won’t come into contact with traffic lights, power lines or street lights.

Even if the tree isn’t close to structures like those listed above, crown reduction will make the tree look much better because it also eliminates irregular growth. This is a good idea for trees that are a variety of ages but are supposed to look consistent.

Crown Cleaning

Also known as deadwood pruning, crown cleaning is a minimally invasive type of pruning method that eliminates dying, broken or diseased limbs so that the remaining parts of the tree may continue to grow normally. These branches can only create issues in the future.

Crown cleaning makes the tree look much better, and it stops limbs from rubbing together. And it is a safety practice that reduces the chance of branches falling, since healthy branches do not fall very often.

Crown Restoration

Crown restoration is an advanced trimming technique used on trees that were significantly damaged (either by pests or weather). It needs to be done by an experienced arborist who knows how the tree is going to grow over time and just how long it’s restoration is going to take.

Unlike most other tree trimming services, crown restoration occurs throughout an extended time period with conservative trimming that reshapes the tree. Your arborist will have a definitive plan to restore the tree, but also be flexible as the tree begins to grow and reshape on its own, adapting to the tree’s new growth pattern.

Vista Pruning

If you want trees that help improve curb appeal, you are most likely interested in vista pruning. The goal of vista pruning is to make the tree more visually pleasing from a particular viewing point.

It encompasses several pruning techniques including crown thinning, crown cleaning and crown reduction – any technique that helps the trees look more attractive. Remember, though, that a professional will never compromise the health of a tree, so the primary focus of vista pruning is still to maintain strong, healthy trees.

Espalier Pruning

Espaliered trees are heavily pruned to grow flat against walls or a trellis. It is a unique style of pruning that is going to attract a lot of attention to your yard. Espalier pruning has to be started when the tree is young and then done consistently throughout the tree’s life span.

of espalier pruning include facilitating maximum sunlight to get to the trees, as well as making it easier to harvest fruit.

Professional Tree Pruning in Arizona

Tree pruning can be harmful to a tree, your lawn, and, of course, for you! AZ Tree Trimming highly suggests professional tree pruning over DIY.

Besides the many possible dangers of tree trimming, you can do a lot of harm to a tree if you don’t know how to prune it properly. Over-pruning is one of the most typical errors made by homeowners trimming their own trees.

Trees in Arizona that get routine care from a professionals are usually much better off, and hiring a certified arborist from AZ Tree Trimming to prune the trees on your property is a decision you won’t regret. Locate your city in our service area. We work with arborists throughout the entire state of Arizona!