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Tips and guides to help you find the right tree pruning

Here's some tips and guides on how to find the right tree pruning for your job

1. What is tree pruning?

The addition of trees near our homes or in our community lets us enjoy nature and its benefits in an everyday environment. Trees give us shade when the sun is at its peak, and also give us a cool breeze in a hot and humid afternoon. But before deciding to add these majestic plants in your community or homes, there are a few responsibilities that you must know and do to keep your trees healthy and strong.

First, pick the right tree for your area and find the best place where to plant them, somewhere with enough sunlight and space for when they grow bigger. Properly water your trees and give them mulch and fertilisers to moisturise soil and encourage healthy growth. Pruning your trees is also an important job when your trees have grown a considerable height.

Unlike in our forests, the trees in our streets or homes don't have much freedom when spreading their branches. You must ensure that the trees in your yard are not close to any streetlights, electrical lines, and most especially that they are not blocking any traffic views. Old and diseased trees with dead and weak branches are also potential hazards in a community.

Pruning trees is the answer to your problems as they make them stronger and healthier. This is because the dead and weak branches pruned will make way for the growth of new and healthier limbs. For your landscape goals, pruning can help you create and maintain your vision of an ideal yard. Your trees can be pruned in ways that will encourage flowering and fruiting. It can also shape your tree into specific forms and control its size.


2. When should a tree be pruned?

Usually, tree pruning only needs to occur every 3 to 5 years, but it depends on the type, size, and health of the trees. Anytime between the changing of leaves in Autumn and the blooming of flowers in spring is the best time to prune trees. During these times, trees are in a dormant state. Their growth is halted, and with the temperature dropping, this creates the ideal setting for tree pruning. Do not prune when new growth has started because this will limit the potential of the tree.


3. How do you properly prune a tree?

For smaller branches, it is important to remember that your pruning efforts will encourage new growth. Only cut about ¼ inch tree limb above a bud facing the outside of the tree. This will now become the direction for the new growth. And to prevent water damage and disease, your cut must be at a 45-degree angle.

For thicker branches, there are three basic cuts to follow. The first cut will be done halfway through the branch and is approximately 18 inches up the underside of it. The second cut will be at the top side of the branch and an inch further out from the first. Cut it down carefully until the branch finally breaks free. The final cut will be at the outside of the branch collar on your tree trunk. Do not leave a stub. Just like in smaller branches, your complete cut must also be at a 45-degree angle to prevent water damage and to encourage a rapid formation of the callus - a tissue formed around the edges of a tree wound that is essential to the health of a tree.


4. Why is it important to prune a tree?

Pruning trees will address some safety concerns when it comes to low hanging branches near electrical lines or weak limbs threatening to fall. It also reduces the mess caused by leaves or unwanted fruits. Sunlight will also increase around the area covered by the trees. Finally, pruning is essential for the tree's health as it promotes new growth of stronger and healthier branches.


5. What is the difference between tree trimming and tree pruning?

Tree trimming and pruning are done at separate times of the year. While trimming promotes the healthy growth of your trees, pruning is done to remove unnecessary branches. They also use different types of equipment such as strong shears and saws for pruning and shears, trimmers, and sometimes saws for trimming.


6. How much does it cost to prune a tree?

There are five factors to consider in tree pruning costs. They are the tree's size; the truck diameter; the number of branches and spread; access to the tree and; the number of obstacles near and around the tree. The price of tree trimming can vary anywhere from $200 to $2000 depending on the factors listed above. It is also recommended to enquire with multiple different tree pruning companies in your area for a more accurate estimate or ask iSeekplant to get you the best quote.


7. Where can I hire tree pruning contractors near me?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of quality tree pruning companies operating in all Australian capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer tree pruning solutions in all major towns and cities from Cairns down to the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Ballarat, Geelong and Hobart.


8. How do I hire a tree pruning contractor through iSeekplant?

For your tree pruning project, check out iSeekplant and our nationwide network of suppliers. iSeekplant's get a quote tool is the easiest way to get a quote for tree pruning in your area. You can also contact us on 1300 691 912 or by email at projects@iseekplant.com.au.

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