Tree pruning is an essential process of tree service. Trees form an essential part of the environment. This makes it important to take good care of trees. Mistakes in the pruning process not only makes your tree look horrible but it also causes damages. Sometimes the damages kill your tree. Some damages will render your tree unproductive. This is the main reason why no one should attempt to prune trees if they have no experience. There are mistakes which are commonly done. These mistakes sometimes may seem as the best way to trim your trees. These mistakes should be avoided at all cost. The following are the top common mistakes that are repeatedly committed when pruning trees.
- Topping the Tree
The topping is a very common and harmful tree pruning practice. This is done mostly by inexperienced tree pruning companies or individuals. This is a type of pruning that is characterized by removing the main branches or cutting the top of the tree. No one can ever give a reason why this practice is so common. Topping leads to tree stress, disease, and insect infestation. The tree also starts decaying from the point at which the tree is cut. Most people use this a way to prevent the tree from overgrowing. Other methods should be used instead of topping pruning. Topping brings more harm than the good it does.
- Pruning at the Wrong Time
Pruning trees do not only require the art and skills but also a perfect timing. A proper timing is as good as skillful pruning. There are trees that should only be treated in a particular season of the year for them to stay productive the whole of the year. Therefore, before pruning ensure you prune at the right time. If they are a flower or fruit tree you should only prune them a season before their budding season. The reason for the tree pruning should also dictate the best time to prune your trees. Key determinants of the time of pruning are the type of tree, season, climatic condition, size of the tree, location and the purpose of running. For the best pruning timing consult from tree service professional who has a wide experience in this function.
- Over Pruning
This is a common mistake especially done by people with less experience in tree pruning. It’s the pruning where much of the tree is removed at the same time. According to the tree experts, it said that pruning should only be done for 15% up to 20% of the tree at a given time. This should even be lower up to 10%. When you prune too much of the tree you harm it. Its growth becomes stunted. Transfer of food, nutrients, and water are also affected.
The overall production and the performance of the tree are affected by this excessive pruning. When you over prune you open many wounds on the tree. This, in turn, leads to spread of sunscalds and diseases. The impact of over-pruning can be felt on the tree for a very long period of time.