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Tips for Getting Trees in Snip Shape
 
When you prune your trees is just as important as how you prune them, and the tools you use. Pruning is important to the health and stability of your trees, so you want to ensure that you get it done right.
 
Here a few tree pruning tips to help you get started.
 
Don’t prune trees unnecessarily. Pruning season may be around the corner, but remember that trees should be pruned and trimmed only if needed.  Conifers for example need very little pruning, and most of them do not have the capacity to regrow from old wood. Pines are coniferous evergreens that should be pruned to maintain their natural beauty, by cutting off the candles. Pole saws are useful tools for pruning lower branches.
 
Do use the proper technique. Before you use that brand new tree saw you just bought make sure that you are very clear on what you want to accomplish. The goal should be to get rid of unwanted branches, while protecting the trunk of the tree. That’s why proper technique is important. For example, interior branches should generally be left intact. Removing this canopy cover (known as lion tailing), will cause branches to break easily and weaken the tree. Improper pruning can undermine the health of your tree.
 
Don’t prune at the wrong time. While you are safe pruning maples almost any-time of the year, it’s not the same with oaks. It’s generally best not to prune oak trees during the spring. During these months (February through May) the beetles are very active, and they are the culprits that spread the fungus that causes oak wilt.  If you prune during this time then the sap from the oak tree will attract the beetles, and this may cause the fungus to penetrate the tree. November through January is the recommended pruning time for oaks.
 
Do use the right tools. Make sure to use tools that have a sharp blade and give a good cut. If you invest in a pruning shear, a pole saw with a good range, and a top quality tree saw, then these can handle most jobs.  If you have large branches to remove then use multiple cuts like a 3-point cut, in order to prevent any damage. You also want to make clean cuts and not tear the bark or make jagged wounds. Avoid using tools that are dull and dirty.
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