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Structural Pruning – Preventative Tree Care

Oct 16

You may have noticed some of your branches in your trees have become overgrown or too big and they’re beginning to become a danger. Maybe some of limbs have grown to a strange size which makes the tree looked unkempt. If this is the case, your tree needs structural pruning. Structural pruning is a technique that brings out your trees natural beauty and helps the tree to have a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, this approach is seldom used or it is done incorrectly, leading to the slow death of the tree. Learning the important things about structural pruning gives you the ability to help your tree have an overall healthy life.


Pruning is more than just cutting random branches. It requires skills and experience. You need to know when you should prune, how many and what branches to cut, and the proper way to do it to get a good result. You take care of the issue, and you also prevent other problems from arising. It is important to make a plan before you begin cutting limbs. It's best to locate branches that tend to grow much quicker or ones that grow into other limbs and prune them out. Keep in mind that for older trees, you should not prune any more than 30% of the limb or the tree’s crown as a whole. Do your pruning in an stages, for both young and old trees.

Also, it's bad to cut thick limbs away because it leaves room for insects and diseases to nurture. Pruning these branches may do your tree more harm than good. Failure to prune your tree, causes some of the big branches can take all the nutrients the smaller limbs need to grow healthy. If this happens, the branch can grow as large as the trunk and suck up nutrients the trunk needs to have structural integrity. When the branches grow too heavy, it could be a disaster in the years to come, which is why it is important to deal with them while you can. When branches aren't pruned, they can grow into each other, which is known as included bark. the branch can collect water and begins to rot this damages and weakens the limb.Also,  If branches are not pruned, they can fall off during bad weather and cause possible damage to property.

The time of year you prune is also important when pruning. Some trees benefit from winter pruning, while some in summer pruning. It is best to talk to a certified arborist to know what is good for your tree. If you have non-blooming trees in your yard, it is good to prune them in winter when the coldest days have passed. This is the time when they are in a dormant state, and they will not try to collect as much water like in summer and spring. However, this is not the same with spring-blooming trees because it is recommended to prune them once they have bloomed. Their buds grow on the previous year’s growth and not on the current season. Don’t wait too long before pruning your tree, but don’t prune too early either. Pruning these trees too soon will make the tree lose its bloom and will make it vulnerable to outside forces such as pests, diseases, and intense weather.

Structural pruning is a very important part of tree maintenance. It prevents future problems from taking place while making your tree look more attractive and healthy. It keeps your tree’s structural integrity, which is important for the surrounding area of the trees safety and the people as well. Always keep in mind that the right time to prune your tree is as important as pruning the tree itself and using the right approach. Also, look for signs of disease or defects and take care of them as soon as possible. If you find yourself at a loss on how to do this, you can always get in touch with a certified tree service company in your local area. Ask questions to understand structural pruning and its benefits better

Contact Information:

St. Pete Tree Experts

3507 30th Ave N,

St. Petersburg, FL 33713