Learn to Embrace Tree Service: A Tree Blog
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Learn to Embrace Tree Service: A Tree Blog

Welcome to my blog. My name is Sarah, and right now, I can see my favourite tree from my window. A few years ago, it was ailing, but I learned everything I could about tree health and nurtured her back to abundance. In this blog, I plan to write all about tree care, from the basics you can do on your own to knowing when to call a professional. My love of trees grew out of my love for gardening and landscaping, and I may write about those topics as well. I hope that you like my blog and that it inspires you. Thanks for reading!

Learn to Embrace Tree Service: A Tree Blog

Tree Pruning: How It Is Done and Why You Need It

Diana Jones

Tree pruning is the process by which the form and growth of a tree is altered. In addition to improving the appearance of your tree, tree pruning has other benefits. A tree specialist can help perfectly prune your tree, letting you enjoy its numerous benefits.

Here is what you need to know about tree pruning and why it should be done:

How Tree Pruning Is Done

Before a cut is made, a tree consultant will first determine why and what is to be pruned. They will then afterwards decide what equipment to use when pruning. Pruning tasks can be done using hand pruners, loppers or a pruning saw depending on what you want to achieve:

Hand pruners

Hand pruners are of two types: bypass and anvil. Anvil hand pruners have one blade and are perfect for very small branches and those that are easily reached. The anvil pruners are strong but when they cut, they tend to crush. They are therefore perfectly used on dead branches rather than the living ones. Bypass hand pruners have two blades that are curved. Since they make more precise cuts than the anvil shears, they are perfectly used when cutting living branches whose diameters are less than half an inch.


Loppers have longer handles which provide more leverage for branches that are large. Loppers can be used for branches whose diameters are two inches. Therefore you should use them for branches that are easily reached but too thick for hand shears.

Pruning saws

Pruning saws are used for branches that cannot be handled by loppers or hand pruners due to their thickness. Pruning saws can be used on branches with even three inches in diameter.

Why You Should Prune a Tree

The following are some of the reasons as to why you should prune your tree:

  1. Tree pruning promotes plant health. This is because dead branches or those that are dying due to disease are removed. Crossing branches are also removed to prevent damage that may be caused by them rubbing against each other.
  2. Pruning helps maintain a strong structure for a tree. This prevents accidents that may be caused by branches that are growing low over homes and parking areas.
  3. Pruning can stimulate growth in some areas of the tree. It can also restrict growth where there is too much undesirable growth.

Therefore, when you notice that your tree branches are diseased or damaged, it is time to call a tree consultant to have the tree pruned. While tree pruning is a job that can be done any time, you should avoid doing it during hot and dry periods or when it is extremely cold.