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Tree Management: The Different ‘Branches’ of Pruning and Pruning Cuts

trees ornamenting a backyard gardenLandscape trees make yards and neighbourhoods appear more appealing. Not only that, it also improves the environment and raises home value by around 20%. Think of these trees as a property asset that a tree surgeon in Essex needs to protect and enhance. In time, you will see that properly pruning trees are indeed a worthy investment.

Here are the different kinds of pruning, as described by the International Society of Arboriculture:

  1. Crown cleaning involves removing low-vigour, crowded, diseased, dying, dead, or weakly attached water sprouts and branches.
  2. Crown thinning consists of removing branches carefully to allow light to penetrate, let air to circulate, and lighten dense limbs.
  3. Crown reduction involves reducing the spread and size of crowns by using thinning and reduction cuts. This will lead to lesser sprouts instead of stub or heading cuts, but it could maintain the natural form and integrity of any tree.
  4. Crown raising entails removing lower branches to offer clearance for signs, vehicles, buildings, and pedestrians.
  5. Crown restoration includes enhancing the form and structure of trees that was misshapen by stub or heading cuts, or damaged by storms.

Meanwhile, the various types of pruning cuts are as follows:

  1. heading cut clips branch back to its sprout, or cuts a leader or branch back to a small branch. This is usually not big enough to continue the growth of the clipped branch.
  2. A stub cut is similar to the heading cut. However, the trim is generally made to a point on a leader or branch where a branch or bud does not exist.
  3. A thinning cut gets rid of a branch on the trunk. This reduces the limb to a lateral branch that is big enough to continue the growth of the clipped limb.

Pruning landscape trees properly raises their value, increases their beauty, enhances their structural strength and maintains their health.