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When to prune

Pruning is probably the most common procedure carried out by tree surgeons. Trees should be regularly pruned in order to maintain their safety and aesthetics.  However, in order to cut the tree back in a way which doesn’t cause it permanent damage, there should be an understanding of how and when to prune the tree.   It may be wise in this respect to bring in a professional tree surgeon to carry out the job, otherwise, improper pruning can cause lasting damage, or may even shorten the tree’s life.   Why should my trees be pruned regularly?

There are many different reasons to prune a tree in order to maintain good tree health and structure as well as enhancing its aesthetic value. Removing dead branches, crowded or rubbing limbs and taking away any safety hazards the tree may pose are common reasons for pruning a tree.

If you are looking to prune in order to remove weak, dead or diseased branches and limbs, this can be done at any time of the year without much consequence to the tree.  As a general rule, if a tree is pruned before the spring growth flush, the tree’s growth will be maximised and the wounds will close faster – therefore pruning in late autumn or winter is best, when the tree is dormant.

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