Tips for Trimming Trees
It is common sense to remove/trim the dead or diseased branches off the trees. However, one should also understand the details about this practice (trimming) to know more about its importance. For example, branches which form tight crotches are prone to rotting and getting damaged. These tight crotches should therefore, be trimmed.
- There is one more reason apart from that of dormancy to choose the winter season for trimming. Chances of pest infestation (resulting from cuts on branches) during the winter months are lesser.
- It is advisable to begin trimming from the underside of the branch. A distance of about 1 foot should be left between the cut and the main branch.
- During the cutting process from underneath, continue till the quarter of width of the branch. Once quarter width is reached, the process should be started from above and continue till the branch is completely severed.
- Trimming oaks need to be carried out every season, especially in the developmental stage. Later, reduce frequency as the trees mature.
The process of trimming is important from the point of fruit production and overall growth of this plant.
- Late winter is considered to be ideal for trimming apple tree branches. One can also prune this plant in early spring. The dormant phase of apple in winter facilitates the trimming process.
The pine is an evergreen plant. It is pruned between early June and early July.
- Damaged and diseased branches of pine are mostly present on the inside of this tree. Trimming should therefore, start from inside and continue outwards.
- Trimming on dry/hot days needs to be avoided; pruning pine trees on hot days makes them weak.
- It is necessary to use well-sanitized equipment. The dissemination of insects (and their eggs) from one tree to other is prevented.
- The period between late fall and early spring is of dormancy for the pine trees. Sap flow gets reduced during this time of the year. Training and shaping the trees at this time should encourage growth after the dormancy period.