It was very nice to see everyone that came to the pruning class in December.

Once again, we lucked out with the weather. Although it was very cold, it remained dry throughout the day. As in past years, the class started inside and then moved outside for some hands-on experience.  I hope everyone in attendance left with a better understanding of proper pruning techniques to try out on their landscape.

If you were unable to attend this class, please watch for an announcement of the next one in our fall 2010 newsletter. In the meantime here are a few tips to help you prune trees properly:

First, decide why you are pruning the tree. If it is because the tree is too big for the location and you want to make it smaller, the tree should probably be removed.

Before beginning, visualize how you want the tree to look when you’ve finished pruning.

Remember to never remove more than 1/3 of the living tree tissue in one year.

Begin by removing large limbs first.

Remove all diseased, broken, or dead branches.

Remove crossing or interfering branches.

For fruit trees, thin out the middle of the tree to allow better air circulation and light penetration.

These are just a few of the basic rules for proper pruning that will encourage a beautiful and healthy tree.

We’re pleased to announce that we now offer one-on-one pruning lessons. The charge is $150.00 for a one-hour class. It includes consulting on what needs to be done specifically in your landscape, and hands-on instruction of proper pruning techniques. If you are interested in setting an appointment, please give our office a call.

Belinda Bowman,

Certified Arborist