Types of Tree Trimming

Tree Care Gainesville FLFor the average property owner, it can be tough to know when your trees are in need of a trim. And, aside from obvious reasons like the tree’s appearance, it can be hard to see why they would need to be trimmed at all.

But, there are different types of tree trimming from which your trees may benefit. Tree trimming is not just about appearance, it is also about promoting growth and the general health of your trees.

There are four primary types of tree trimming –

Fine Pruning is removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance. 

Standard Pruning involves a bit heavier cutting and is done to enhance the tree’s branch structure. 

Hazard Trimming is recommended for trees that pose safety concerns. This typically involves removing branches that are two inches or more in diameter. 

Crown Reduction Trimming usually involves the removal of major branches, and should only be done when there is significant dieback, storm damage, or when branches are interfering with power lines. In these cases, one should never remove more than one third of the tree’s crown.

Not all types of trees are the same or have the same trimming needs. Different trees should be pruned or trimmed at different times of the year. For example, trimming ornamental trees—especially those that flower before June— should be done in early Spring before they get their new growth. Fruit trees should be pruned in late winter to expose the center of the tree to light and to create a shapely foundation for spring growth.

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