Mistakes of Pruning

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November 28, 2016

Your trees will never stop growing and pruning is an important aspect of tree maintenance. When you prune the trees, you will maintain the health of the tree. As a tree owner, there are different pruning mistakes that you need to know about.

1. Not pruning 

This is one of the mistakes that most new tree owners do. They tend to assume that the trees are maintenance free. However, not pruning the trees will cause them to stagnate. The trees will overgrow and become hazardous. 

You need to prune the trees often to create a great appearance and also promote the tree’s health. 

2. Pruning at the wrong time of the year

Pruning at the wrong time of the year can be harmful for the trees. You know, there are different trees that do not bloom. Why? Because you may have cut down buds off. Most of the trees tend to bloom during the summer and spring seasons. If you prune the trees during this season, you will end up pruning the flower buds. You should limit the pruning during the blooming season.

3. Topping 

This is one of the pruning mistakes that can create an ugly tree. Topping is a process that involves cutting down a large section of the tree crown. Even though it will help resize the tree, but it can cause the tree to starve and also get diseases. Decaying and rotting is also a possible problem of topping. 

4. Using the wrong technique 

Pruning is an important part of tree maintenance. However, when you use the wrong type of pruning technique you will end up with a bad looking tree. A wrong cut can also lead to the production of the water sprouts. It is important for you to ensure that you have cut off the branch at the top of the collar or at the node. 

5. Over pruning 

As much as under pruning is bad, over pruning can be a challenge. You should never trim more than 15% of the foliage. To be on the safe side, cut off at least 10% of the mature trees. When you cut down the tree, you will reduce the production and the transfer of the nutrients. 

6. Loping 

Loping is when you cut off the branch anywhere on the tree apart from the node. Loping is usually done when you don’t want to totally remove the tree. When it comes to pruning, loping is not recommended because it leads to the growth of the sprouts. These thin branches are usually

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