One question we are constantly asked is: ‘how much tree should I prune”?

The quantity of live tree that ought to be removed depends upon the tree size, species, and age, as well as the reason you are pruning in the first place. Newer trees can withstand the removal of a greater percentage of living tissue much better than fully developed trees do. A crucial concept to keep in mind is the fact that a tree can recover from a number of little pruning wounds quicker than from one big wound.

Crown of a tree

A typical error would be to remove too much inner foliage and small branches. It’s important to preserve foliage evenly especially around along big limbs and in the lower portion of the crown. Over thinning reduces the tree’s food production capacity and may create tip-heavy limbs which are susceptible to breakdown.

Mature trees ought to need little routine pruning. A widely accepted rule of thumb is never to eliminate more than one-quarter of a tree’s leaf-bearing crown. In a mature tree, pruning even that much could have negative effects. Removing even a single, large-diameter limb can produce a wound that the tree might not be able to ever recover from.  close. The older and larger a tree becomes, the less power it has to close wounds and defend against decay or insect attack. The pruning of big mature trees is usually restricted to removal of dead or potentially hazardous limbs.

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