Types of Tree Pruning

tree pruning types

Tree pruning in Nevada is an important landscaping service that can beautify and reinforce trees so they will fight off insects, diseases and severe weather – and look breathtaking doing it!

Pruning should be completed if you want a healthy tree, but it needs to be done correctly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Like a certified arborist from NV Tree Trimming. Homeowners may be able to prune trees safely while they are small, but you also may be doing irreparable harm to the tree in the process.

To safely prune trees, you must know all of the following:

  • When to prune your species of trees
  • How much of the tree should be trimmed at a time
  • Where to cut each branch so you do not damage the tree

Taking too much off of a tree can kill it or cause structural damage, but conservative trimming done every year benefits trees in several ways. Pruning helps to improve the appearance of trees, makes them healthier, eliminates dead or diseased branches and assists in fruit or flower production.

Ideally, pruning should be performed annually, but as trees mature, you might be able to wait two years between pruning services. Regardless of how regularly you have your trees pruned, be sure your arborist is qualified to perform the type of tree pruning your trees need. This won’t be an issue if you call NV Tree Trimming in Nevada!

Types of Tree Pruning Methods

There are 7 different ways to correctly prune a tree so that it grows stronger and healthier every year.

Depending on the shape, species and health status of your trees, one method could be more beneficial than another, but each technique has various benefits.

Crown Thinning Your Trees

Crown thinning is typical for larger, overgrown trees in Nevada. This method eliminates weak branches within the crown of the tree to allow more light and air flow throughout the crown. Air flow is especially important for disease prevention.

This tree pruning technique also eliminates branches and limbs that are touching so they do not rub up against one another and snap or cause weakened areas that can be an access point for pests. Limbs that grow at odd angles are almost always cut off during crown thinning.

Crown Raising Your Trees

This trimming technique only removes branches and limbs at the lower part of the crown so limbs start higher up on the trunk. Allowing low branches to get too big makes them difficult to cut off, and they can pull nutrients from the top of the tree, which leads to less fruit and a weaker tree.

There are a variety of reasons you may choose to raise the crown of a tree. Frequently, it is done in order to clear the line of sight for cars and pedestrians, but it can be done to free up space for landscaping under the tree.

It is a common technique for large trees that are too close to homes and buildings.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction reduces the overall size of the crown from its outer edges. It shortens limbs horizontally and vertically to maintain the tree at a manageable size. By reducing the crown size, you can eliminate the need to chop down the tree because it won’t interfere with traffic lights, power lines or street lights.

Even when the tree isn’t close to structures like those listed above, crown reduction can make the tree look neater because it also removes irregular growth. This is a smart idea for trees that are a variety of ages but are supposed to look uniform.

Crown Cleaning

Often known as deadwood pruning, crown cleaning is a minimally invasive type of trimming method that eliminates dying, broken or diseased limbs so that the rest of the tree can grow normally. These limbs can only cause problems over time.

Crown cleaning helps to make the tree look much better, and it prevents branches from rubbing together. And it is a safety practice that reduces the likelihood of branches falling, because healthy branches rarely fall.

Crown Restoration

Crown restoration is an advanced pruning method used on trees that have been severely damaged (either by weather or vandals). It must be performed by a certified arborist who knows how the tree is likely to grow over time and how long it’s restoration will take.

Unlike other tree trimming services, crown restoration happens throughout an extended time period with conservative trimming that reshapes the tree. The arborist must have a definitive plan to restore the tree, but also must be flexible as the tree starts to grow and reshape on its own, adapting to the tree’s new growth pattern.

Vista Pruning

If you are hoping for trees that help improve the overall beauty of your landscaping, you are actually interested in vista pruning. The purpose of vista pruning is to help to make the tree more aesthetically pleasing from a particular vantage point.

It encompasses many pruning techniques including crown thinning, crown cleaning and crown reduction – any technique that helps the trees look prettier. Remember, though, that an arborist is not going to jeopardize the health of a tree, so the primary focus of vista pruning is still to maintain strong, healthy trees.

Espalier Pruning

Espaliered trees are heavily pruned to grow flat up against a wall or a trellis. It is a unique style of trimming that will draw a lot of attention to your yard. Espalier pruning has to be started when the tree is young and then continued very consistently during the tree’s life span.

of espalier pruning include allowing maximum sunlight to reach the trees, as well as making it easier to produce fruit.

Professional Tree Pruning in Nevada

Tree trimming can be dangerous for a tree, your landscaping, and, of course, for you! NV Tree Trimming highly encourages professional tree trimming over attempting DIY.

Besides the many possible dangers of tree trimming, you can do a lot of damage to a tree if you don’t trim it correctly. Over-pruning is one of the most common errors made by homeowners trimming their own trees.

Trees in Nevada that get routine care from a professionals are much better off, and hiring an experienced arborist from NV Tree Trimming to care for the trees on your property is a choice you won’t regret. Locate your city in our service area. We work with arborists throughout the entire state of Nevada!