The second in the series of tree trips by Julian Ortlepp of TreeWorks, brought to you by Husqvarna South Africa.
Landscape trees require proper pruning and care to maintain their structural integrity and good looks. When pruning is done poorly, it may affect the tree's long-term health or even make it unsafe. Always use a professional contractor with proper knowledge to prune your trees.
Why we prune trees
All pruning must be done with a reason, as every cut may change the tree's growth. Trees are pruned mostly to assist with development, to remove dead and diseased wood and to make them safer for all who walk and live below them. It also assists with light and air penetration into the crowns and on to areas below them.
Tips for pruning:
- Never cut behind the branch collar;
- Do not paint the cut with a sealant;
- Always use sharp cutting tools to prevent cracking and tearing at point of cut;
- When pruning a branch, push it forward gently with your free hand while cutting with the other. This takes pressure off your hands and reduces strain on the wrist;
- Never remove the central leader (highest tip on centre of tree);
- If in doubt, rather consult a professional arborist.
This is the second in a series of tree tips brought to you by Husqvarna South Africa, a world-leading producer of outdoor power products for garden and forest care. For more information see www.husqvarna.co.za or visit their facebook page.
Julian Ortlepp: www.treeworks.co.za or follow him on facebook: TreeWorksJHB.
*First published in SA Forestry magazine, June 2017. Source