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When Is It Time To Prune Your Trees?

Feb 21, 2023

Having trees in your garden is one of life’s blessings! Not only do you have beautiful colours and foliage, but they can also increase the value of your property. For trees to remain healthy and flourishing, it is vital to have regular tree care and maintenance, such as tree pruning. In this article, we will talk about when to have tree pruning services.

What is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning involves removing branches that are dead, diseased, or have become loose. It is one of the most sought after tree maintenance services on the Gold Coast because, in this part of the world, we love to see our trees thrive!

Often confused for tree trimming, tree pruning is different. Tree trimming mainly improves a tree’s appearance.  In contrast, tree pruning focuses on enhancing a tree aesthetically and stimulating proper tree growth, protecting trees from pests and diseases, preventing future damage and promoting the tree’s long-term health.

If you are unsure which service is necessary for your trees, a qualified arborist can determine and recommend what is appropriate.

When to have Tree Pruning Services: The Telltale Signs

Breaks on branches

Broken, splintering or bowing branches after a storm implies they have weakened and can rapidly become extremely dangerous. They could fall at any point and could lead to harm.

Cracks on branches

Cracks on individual tree branches could signify a disease or pest infestation that could spread throughout the tree. In such cases, proper treatment is necessary. However, tree pruning can provide a solution if the cracks are just on the branch.

Over thickness

It may be visually appealing to have thick trees, but too much or too rapid growth should be a warning sign. If the tree is so thick that you can not see through the branches, it has become too crowded. This heavy canopy can prevent sunlight from travelling through each part of the tree and can be dangerous, especially during strong winds.

Misshapen appearance

Trees with unusual shapes can have an unbalanced weight distribution, which causes structural weakening and increases the risk of branches breaking off. It can be hazardous for people and nearby structures.

Growth in different directions

Another way to know when to have tree pruning services is by looking out for branches encroaching on buildings and your neighbours’ fences. Check low-hanging branches obstructing roads and leaning onto pathways. If you spot these wild and unkept branches, which may appear especially after rain in summer, arrange for tree pruning services immediately.

Branches rubbing against each other

When branches constantly rub against each other, they get damaged and can even cause diseases and pest infestations. Tree pruning can help eliminate rubbing branches so that your tree has space to grow correctly without causing further damage.

Dead limbs

A tree’s survival technique during drought or dry season is redirecting the nutrients and moisture from non-essential parts to essential parts of the tree. This process can cause deadwood, a part of a tree that doesn’t produce foliage.

In Queensland, this usually happens during winter, making the deadwood prone to failure when the storm season begins in September. If there is a dead limb, it should be pruned immediately, as they are more likely to fall eventually and could cause harm.

If You Know When To Have Tree Pruning Services, Your Trees Will Flourish

Tree pruning is an essential part of tree care. Knowing when to have tree pruning services and the telltale signs can help you, as a tree owner, keep your trees healthy, thriving and flourishing for many years to come. If you notice any of these signs, contact us. We have a team of qualified arborists who can help.

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