Reducing Tree Size Safely

When a tree grows faster and leaves lesser space in a garden, its size needs to be reduced. This is better done sooner than later. Since the longer it’s left there to grow, it makes it more difficult to prune as well as for it to recover.

Trees also need pruning when they have diseased, dead, torn or crossing branches.


The best time to reduce tree size

Most of the trees should be pruned during the late summer when their healing is faster. Examples of these trees are walnuts and magnolias. Cherry trees should be pruned during midsummer in order to minimize risks from the silver leaf disease.

Most deciduous trees need to be pruned during winter as doing it later results in bleeding.


Reducing tree size

There are many tree pruning strategies. Listed here are those with least work needed to those with the greatest work needed.


Trimming all over during spring or summer: This is suitable for smaller trees like evergreens. This needs to be done yearly or every two years. A hedge trimmer with long handles saves one from much labor.


Pruning when dormant: This involves cutting the side branches all over to make a tree smaller and attractive. This lets the light in, and this also minimizes wind damage to a tree. Aside from this, this removes damaged or diseased wood. It is best to work slowly and to carefully evaluate the effect of the removal per branch. This is not good for trees which are more susceptible to silver leaf.


Pollarding: This is an extreme pruning technique. The entire crown or head is eliminated. This makes most small trees attractive even though this needs repeated pruning.


Crown lifting: This is done by eliminating the lower branches that allows one access to mowing or to enjoying a tree’s shade.



Crown thinning: This process involves eliminating thirty percent of the tree’s branches to let more light in. It is best to evaluate the effect first before removing more as this can easily spoil the tree’s appearance.




When the branches that need to be cut or removed are larger than a wrist or when a work needs ladders, it is already best to ask for help from a professional tradesman or arborist.