Proper Pruning for Healthier Trees and Shrubs

Is Pruning Necessary?

Yes, as long as it’s done for good reasons that will help the tree or plant thrive. Any pruning cut alters a tree’s growth, so pruning should be performed only when needed, such as the removal of dead growth, to reshape and form, and to remove branches that may pose a hazard.

Trees are also pruned to improve the general canopy of a wooded area to increase access of light and air to both the tree’s interior and the surround landscape below the tree. Since arbitrary thinning can have a negative impact on the health of a fully grown trees, these are typically pruned only as for specific corrective or preventive steps.

Cleaning out a Canopy

Creating long-term structural health and grace in trees

Les Arbres recommends shade trees be carefully pruned about every five to seven years. This pruning may involve removal of deadwood, adventitious growth or unnecessary crossing branches. Pruning enables large trees in particular to grow with structural grace, and allows them to function efficiently.

Pruning by professional arborists and horticulturalists maximizes a tree’s ability to weather the damaging effects of wind, ice and snow. It minimizes the risks of disease or insect problems. Shade tree pruning can be done year-round and Les Arbres works with each of our clients to establish a complete pruning schedule that grows and maintains healthy shades trees throughout the property.

Les Arbres crew members pruning and reshaping overgrown ornamental shrubs

Pruning for Formative Growth and Reshaping

Pruning ornamentals, shrubs and specialty trees

Les Arbres tree care experts prune ornamental trees and shrubs to manage and maintain the ornamental quality and scale of each plant within its landscape. This work helps guide trees and shrubs for continued growth and overall plant health.

dormant apple tree with bare branches

Removal of Dead, Diseased or Dangerous Branches

Making sure your fruit trees are healthy and bountiful

Les Arbres typically performs Fruit Tree and Orchard Pruning as annual procedures, often during the dormant season (November through early March). Pruning is necessary in order to open up the tree canopy to sunlight and air circulation and promote fruit production and a healthy plant. Proper pruning also allows for consistant fruit harvest each growing season.

Pruning is integral to keeping a fruit tree healthy. Proper care protects trees against diseases and pests. Removing overcrowded branches keeps moisture from accumulating, protecting against rot.

two flowering summertime apple trees

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

Keep your tree producing more consistant and delicious fruit

While fruit trees are usually pruned during their dormant periods to promote growth, pruning during the summer has its benefits. In the summer a fruit tree may produce an overabundance of fruit, causing the fruit to be smaller than usual. Pruning during the summer can help slow down these overly active trees so they produce a more consistant and delicious fruit.