Keeping trees pruned is essential for encouraging healthy growth and maintaining the appearance of your Tucson landscaping. However, there are different types of pruning, and choosing the wrong method can have a major impact on the health and appearance of your tree. Talk to a certified arborist about the right pruning method for your trees, and continue reading to learn about the differences between tree topping and crown reduction.
Tree topping is a pruning method in which large branches are removed from the top portion of the tree. Lateral branches and stumps from the larger branches are left behind. In general, tree topping is best for trees that are being prepped for removal. Tree topping is not an ideal means of controlling the growth of a tree. The stumps that are left behind drain energy, but don’t contribute to the energy production of the tree. Plus, this pruning method tends to encourage vertical branch growth, which can be unsightly. In addition, since tree topping involves the removal of large portions of several branches, it puts the tree under a great deal of stress and involves a long healing time, which leaves the tree susceptible to fungal and pest damage.
If you have a tree that is getting too tall or unruly, crown reduction will generally be the ideal pruning method. With crown reduction, branches in the upper portion of the tree are trimmed back to the nearest section of lateral growth. This helps to control the shape and growth of the tree, while still allowing the tree to thrive. After crown reduction, the healing time for the tree is minimal. In addition, future growth will follow the original pattern instead of becoming unsightly.
When you need landscaping services in Tucson, get in touch with Complete Landscaping. Our certified arborists will be happy to inspect your trees and offer the best advice to help you care for them. To schedule a consultation, call (520) 323-8918 today.