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Three Major Tree Pruning Mistakes Homeowners Commonly Make

by Fred Nelson

Many modern homeowners struggle with basic tree pruning chores. Following are three major mistakes that people make concerning pruning trees and how you can avoid them. 

Failing to Properly Maintain Pruning Tools  If you keep your pruning tools in a bucket or a drawer in an outdoor shed or garage and never clean, sharpen, or otherwise provide them with proper maintenance, you are running the risk of exposing your trees to conditions conducive to the development of pathogen populations. Sharp tools prevent ragged cuts that potentially serve as points of entry for fungal spores bearing pathogens. Tree diseases can also be spread by soil, rust, and other residue left on pruning equipment. Clean your pruning tools immediately after use by soaking them in warm, soapy water and using a brush to remove residue. If necessary, use turpentine to remove sap, but be careful using anything abrasive on the tools to remove rust. Disinfect your tools with rubbing alcohol or a solution of nine parts water to one part bleach for at least thirty seconds. As a final step, apply rust inhibitor to clean, dry metal portions of tools. 

Pruning at the Wrong Time 

Different types of trees have different cultural requirements, and it's doubtful that you'll be able to complete all of your tree trimming tasks for the year within the scope of an average weekend. Oak trees, for instance, should only be pruned when they are in a dormant state in order to prevent the development of a serious pathogen known as oak wilt. Oak wilt spreads aggressively and is extremely difficult to control, and experts recommend refraining from pruning oak trees after April 1. Other types of trees, however, are better off pruned during other times of the year. For instance, maple trees are best pruned during late spring. You can prune them in late winter or early spring without actually harming the tree, but pruning during this time will cause them to bleed sap, which will be messy and unsightly. 

Failing to Properly Prune Young Trees

​Many homeowners make the mistake of not pruning young trees for several years in the hopes that not doing so will help the trees become established and reach the desired size more quickly. However, failing to properly prune young trees potentially causes problems such as structural deformity. Good pruning techniques provide you with the opportunity to form young trees so they'll be stable and strong at maturity. You should always be sure to leave a strong, upright leader except for trees that naturally have a number of multiple trunks, and remove any dead or diseased branches and branches that cross one another or are too close together in order to promote optimal air circulation. You should also gradually remove the lower branches of young trees in order to raise the crown.

For more information or assistance, contact tree trimming services near you.