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Tree Talk | Fall Tree Care

Posted Sep 19, 2018
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By: Mark Spitulski, International Society of Arborculture Certified Arborist and Director of Facilities and Grounds at Asbury Woods.

There are many reasons why pruning your trees is important, but pruning should only occur with a purpose in mind.  Most common reasons to prune would be aesthetics, structure and reducing risk.  

Pruning in the fall after the leaves have fallen is a good practice because you can see the branch structures and make better decisions on pruning cuts.  It is always a good idea to inspect the tree and come up with a pruning plan before starting.  I always start pruning by removing any dead, dying or diseased looking branches, which have a high probability of failure and could cause injuries.  Dead branches will eventually start to decay which can lead to insect and disease problems if not removed. 

Your pruning plan could consist of the following reasons:

  • Clearances for signs, driveway, sidewalks
  • Vista (pruning for better views)
  • Utility line clearance
  • Remove crossing or rubbing branches
  • Training young trees for better structure
  • Fruit production
  • Crown reduction to decrease overall size 
  • Thin tree crown for better air movement 

Basic Tree Pruning Class

Are you curious about how to properly prune your trees and shrubs? International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Mark Spitulski will discuss proper pruning tools and techniques to achieve your pruning goals.  Bring any specific tree questions to ask at the end of the class.

Cost: $15 Members | $20 Non-Members
Location: Nature Center at Asbury Woods
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.