Almost every suburban home in America offers one or two vast landscape trees on their property. These huge trees provide us with shadows, privacy, and are an anchor for our landscape design. Therefore, we want to take care of our trees and defend them just as we may. One of the keys to keeping the big tree in good shape is sometimes cut back. Tree service pruning requires skill and precision, and if you are unsure about doing your own work, it is better to hire a professional tree service to do it for you. However, if you do not trust your tree to anyone but yourself, there are four important methods of pruning trees to familiarize yourself with before you come out.
Depletion is the most common type of tree pruning, and indeed most people usually have in mind when they hire a professional tree service to prune their trees for them. Thinning is the process of removing excess branches and leaves from the tree so that the wind flows through it more easily, making the trees less prone to storm damage. For thin trees, start by removing any weak branches as well as feet that cross or rub against each other. Now work your way the trunks and branches of the trees, thinning the foliage of any excess. Be careful not to too hard as you near the end of each branch. You want the tree to be left with a natural, full look at the top and sides.
Passing refers to removing some of the branches of the tree to make it easier to walk under or cut below the lower. Ideally, passing through should be done gradually, as the tree grows. Every year or two, remove the lower branches to the ground than you would like, cut the flush with the stem and then allow it to heal more correctly. If you pass over the old trees and some of the branches to be removed are quite large, you may want to consult with your local arborist or nursery or garden center. You may need to paint upper wounds for a year or two to help heal and prevent disease from entering the tree.