The major advantage of pruning a tree is that it helps make trees look neat and attractive. Pruning is majorly done to remove damaged branches, allow for net growth and create a unique shape. It is very risky though, as a little mistake could cost you damaging the tree. Some basic steps on how to prune a tree are given below

Assess the tree– Spend some time assessing the tree. Make sure you have the perfect idea on how you want it to be after the process. Analyse the tree’s size and shape.

Identify key parts of the tree– After assessing the tree, you will get an idea on how you want to trim the tree. Make sure that you recognize the major branches of the tree. The major articles are those that make up the skeleton of the tree. Avoid the removal of those branches.

Tree parts

Remove the weak branches– It is imperative that you remove the broken branches of the tree. They could be damaged due to any reason like a storm or some other event. However, they should be pruned so that the water and nutrients they are taking the tree get redistributed to the healthy branches.

Thin out some areas of the tree– You might find many thick branches in a tree. Try and remove branches that cross, and then open the plant to so that air might circulate and light will reach all parts of the plant. You should basically thin out the thick areas of the tree to make sure that there is good air circulation throughout the tree. Branches that are close together foster the growth of fungus and attract more insects.

Prune branches that act as obstacles– Always consider pruning if a branch is acting as an obstacle to your way. Even if they are low branches blocking your walkway or higher branches threatening your telephone wires, or are rubbing your roof. You should cut down branches that are causing some type of disturbance.

Sharpen the tree– This could help your tree to have a more rounded or neat looking shape. If you find any branches that stick out at odd angles, prune them down. It might make a huge difference.

Prune during the dormant season– Pruning trees at particular seasons tend to put less stress on the tree. For instance, pruning during the late fall or early winter puts less stress on the tree, since it minimizes sap loss. It is also better for the tree during this time because it is less likely for the “wound” to get infected by fungus or insects.