We have been talking a lot about tree and bush pruning in our posts and blog. But we are in the prime season for pruning and we can't stress enough the importance of proper pruning to insure the life and growth of trees on your property. Below is information on how to properly prune a young tree from the Arbor Day Foundation. It is so important to prune them in a timely manner and at the right size to push the growth to shape the tree and fit your landscape.
The examples following the proper pruning principles show very poor pruning that will probably kill the young trees. If you have trees in need and of pruning but aren't sure what to do, make you hire a professional who knows. The bad examples are extremely bad but pruning can still be done incorrectly and cause damage. Once again if you are unsure, call a professional.
This example of improper pruning was recently sited in Des Moines. This poor tree has suffered major girdling from a chain saw. This will cause serious and permanent damage the tree may never recover from. This example of trimming is actually quite horrifying.
Another example of poor pruning and chainsaw damage. Understanding the collar of a branch, where to cut, and how a tree grows is critical to the life of the tree. Care must be taken to not damage surrounding bark.
Another view of reckless chainsaw damage
Don't confuse poor pruning with deer damage. Deer can do severe and even fatal damage to young trees. The simplest way to prevent deer from rubbing on your young trees is to drive some steel posts around the perimeter so the deer cannot get to the tree.
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