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Maintain healthy and aesthetically-appealing trees with pruning from the ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Certified Tree Workers in Ottawa at Campbell Tree Experts Inc. Tree surgery is one of the most common tree maintenance procedures and should be left to professionals who understand how a tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can permanently damage your tree and shorten its life.
Why Should You Prune?
At Campbell Tree Experts Inc., we believe there should be a reason for each cut as pruning can change the growth and affect the health of your tree.
Common reasons for pruning:
Pruning for Safety & Aesthetic Reasons
Modifications are sometimes needed due to safety issues commonly encountered when living in a city or suburban environment. You might also want to prune trees in order to complement other elements of your landscape.
With a complete understanding of proper pruning techniques and tree biology, Campbell Tree Experts Inc. is able to maintain your tree’s health and structure while providing aesthetic enhancements.
Better to Prune Younger Trees
It’s important to note that trees don’t heal like people do. After a tree is cut, it grows over the wound and thus contains it. The smaller the cut, the less damage you will do. With that in mind, it’s critical to prune young trees where smaller cuts can be made.
If you wait until the tree is fully mature, a larger cut may be needed that your tree may have difficulty closing.
How Much Should I Prune?
The experienced professionals at Campbell Tree Experts Inc. have pruned trees in the Ottawa area for over 25 years and understand how to do the job correctly. The amount of live tissue you should remove from a tree is dependent on the following factors:
Pruning of Mature Trees
The ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Certified Tree Workers at Campbell Tree Experts Inc. try to avoid pruning mature trees as much as possible unless it is necessary to remove dead or potentially dangerous limbs. As your tree gets older and larger, it has less energy to close wounds and defend against decay or insect attacks.
Even removing a single, large limb can create a wound your tree may have trouble closing. One widely-accepted rule is to never remove more than ¼ of your tree’s leaf-bearing crown. Event that amount can have a negative impact.
One good tip to remember is that trees recover faster from several small pruning wounds than from one large one. A common mistake many homeowners and other service providers make is removing too much foliage and improper cuts.
You want to maintain an even distribution of foliage along large limbs and within the lower portion of the crown. By over thinning, you can negatively impact your tree’s sugar production capacity and thus create tip-heavy limbs that are subject to failure.
Establishing a Good Structure
Pruning in young trees is essential to establishing the primary structure of scaffold branches. This will provide the necessary framework of your mature tree. When properly handled by professionals like Campbell Tree Experts Inc., your young tree will develop a sound structure that will require minimal corrective pruning in later years.
We will help your tree develop a strong trunk with sturdy, properly-spaced branches. Our pruning techniques will remove structurally weak branches while still maintaining the natural form of your tree.
Should I Use a Wound Dressing?
Campbell Tree Experts Inc. in Ottawa advises our customers to avoid using wound dressings as research shows these applications do not accelerate wound closure, reduce decay or protect against insects or disease as once thought.
If you need to use a dressing for cosmetic reasons, we suggest using only a thin coating of a non-toxic material.
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