Pruning a tree is a little different from trimming it. Many a simple DIY trimming projects turn into overwhelming pruning jobs by accident.
Don’t let this happen to you! Having a plan before you begin will ensure that you don’t over-prune the tree, harming its long-term health or making it look sparse and sickly.
To prune a tree yourself, you will be making more significant cuts than you would if you were only trimming. You may be pruning the tree to thin the crown of a large tree or to raise the crown for some reason – to give pedestrians or cars clearance, for example. Pruning is also an effective technique for crown reduction, which reduces the overall size of the tree’s crown naturally, without topping the tree. (Read more →)