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The Ultimate Guide to Tree Maintenance for Beginners

Posted Dec 8th, 2021 in Lawn Care

The Ultimate Guide to Tree Maintenance for Beginners

Did you know you increase your property value when you plant trees? Protect your green investment by keeping up with tree care. If you want some beginner tree maintenance tips, we're here to help.

This guide will go over typical yard maintenance tasks. You'll learn how to protect the trees on your property and keep them in excellent shape.

Ready to learn more? Keep reading.

Learn How to Prune Tree Limbs
To keep your trees growing strong, you will need to prune them. You will get rid of branches that have become diseased or interfere with healthy growth.

Your tree will have a chance to dedicate its nutrients and water to other plant areas. Removing the unattractive or sickly branches helps it grow better. Keep learning about the benefits of pruning trees or shrubs.

What About Thick Tree Branches?
Well-pruned tree branches will form a callus where you removed the stem. The callus will help protect the health of the tree. Tree branches cut back to the trunk need three cuts to prevent any damage to the bark.

The first two cuts you make will eliminate the weight from the tree branch. Your final cut focuses on creating callus growth.

Try to move 18 inches from the underside of the branch you plan to remove. Cut halfway through the branch. This is the perfect spot for your initial cut.

Then, you will move an inch further from that first cut. Cut down until you feel the branch break free.

Finally, you will find the branch collar on the trunk. This is the stem tissue near the base of the tree branch. Most of the time, you will see rough bark and swelling in this region.

Make the final cut outside the collar, but don't leave a stub. Cut with a 45-degree angle. This will encourage a callus to form fast.

When Should You Prune Trees?
If you notice dead, diseased, or damaged branches, you can remove them at any time.

Most trees benefit from pruning in either late or mid-winter. Pruning during dormancy can help to stimulate new growth when the weather warms up. You'll also have an easier time finding limbs and branches.

Some trees will bleed sap after they get pruned. Maple trees will bleed, but the sap stops flowing when the tree puts on leaves.

Pruning a little each year will also reduce the stress on the tree.

Call Us if You Need Help With Tree Maintenance
We hope this guide on tree maintenance was helpful.

Tree care doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. If you have a lot of trees on your property and need more assistance, call in a landscaper.

Experienced landscapers can come to your property and take care of this project.

If you need help with landscaping, call us today. You can get an estimate for your property.

Don't hesitate to ask us a question.

Please feel free to contact us if you have a question, would like to discuss your potential project, or desire an estimate. Start now to plan for the 2024 Spring Season!


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