Pruning of branches can seem simple, and sometimes it is. When it comes to larger trees or special shrubs, knowing your pruning basics can save you hassle.

Pruning tree branches

If you are deciding to prune your own trees, do not use a ladder or unsafe way to reach higher levels. If you need to leave the ground, it is best to call an ISA certified tree climber arborist. They will climb into the tree with safe training, and prune branches with skill. If you want to cut some branches from the ground, there are some tips to know. Make sure you make an undercut underneath any branch you will cut. This is done on the underside of the branch near the trunk. This prevents bark from ripping as the branch falls. Do not cut your branch near the trunk, go out past the branch collar, a visible ridge in between the branch and trunk.

Pruning shrubs

There are many shrubs that can be cut all the way to the ground and will survive through the winter. Other shrubs require some care when taking out the pruners. With flowering shrubs, make sure you prune after the flowering is done. If you do not do this, you can sometimes cut off all the wood that will produce flowers in the upcoming season. Shearing boxwoods and yews can be a high maintenance project, but it is possible to sustain. When shearing a hedge, indiscriminate cuts are made to the young new growth that appears every year. While it may look geometric, it does cut the plant off from its natural cycle of growth. Hedges quickly become susceptible to insect and disease problems in response to the shearing. If you must shear your shrubs, there are ways to help them out. Let them grow slightly larger. Widen the bases to help more sunlight reach the leaves. Each scenario is different, we can help you assess your decisions.