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How To Properly Prune Your Texas Trees

Many of you may think of your trees as sturdy and strong plants that can survive in the extreme weather, here in Texas without any complications or problems. While it may be true to a certain extent, your trees also require some special care during the fall and winter months as well. Pruning is an important aspect of tree care during this period. It can help create strong, healthy and attractive plants during the warm spring and long summer months we experience in Texas. Apart from safety, health and aesthetics, pruning can also improve fruit output, and quality of the timber.

Pruning for safety helps remove branches that could fall down and cause injury or property damage. You can avoid this type of pruning by choosing the right species while planting. Look for a tree that will not grow beyond its space, and has the strength required for the location desired. If you are looking to prune your trees for health, remove all the diseased or infected wood. Reducing the width of the tree crown can increase airflow. This will reduce the risk of certain pest problems. Pruning can also encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the damage during severe weather we may experience in Texas. Your tree with blooming flowers and fruits will also create an enjoyable eye pleasing outdoor space.

While it is advisable to hire a certified arborist to prune large trees, you can prune the smaller trees yourself. Remove the unwanted branches of the plant. Protect the stem of the tree during the process. Make the cut on the stem collar towards the branch. This will help protect the stem and the new branches that grow from it. The tree will also cope well with the injury. Pruning can also tear the branches of large branches. A small wedge shaped cut on the underside of the branch can prevent the tear. Start cutting at the top of the branch. Leave the stub end. You can complete the process by making a third cut parallel on the stem collar towards the branch side.

Fall and winter are the best seasons for pruning here in Texas. You should, however, remove dead branches whenever you see them. Pruning during the dormant months can lower the sap loss and the stress associated with it. It also reduces the risk of fungal infection or bug infestation as the pathogens may be dormant in winter as well. The lack of leaves during this season can help you visualize the tree better, and prune effectively. Prune as little as possible. Never cut more than 25 percent of the crown. This will help reduce the stress on the tree, and help it thrive later.

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