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5905 Old Lohman Rd.

Jefferson City, Mo.

Mon - Fri. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

5905 Old Lohman Rd.

Jefferson City, Mo.

Mon. - Fri. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Why You Need a Professional to Prune Your Trees

Without extensive knowledge, there is a high probability that pruning your own trees will lead to more harm than good. Let’s dive into some of the expertise that the Hentges Tree Service arborists use when evaluating your tree pruning needs.

How close to the trunk should branches be pruned?
Often people trim too close to the trunk. Making a cut flush with the trunk will slow down or prevent recovery. Cutting too far away from the trunk could cause decay. It is important to know the correct distance at which to make the cut to minimize lasting damage.

When should trees be pruned?
Our arborists often get asked this question: “When should we have our trees trimmed or pruned?” Unfortunately, this answer is not always as straightforward as you might expect and varies based on a number of factors. Variables such as the tree species and whether the tree is an ornamental, shade, or fruit tree, combined with the time of year, current weather conditions, and your goals of the pruning all make giving a single answer nearly impossible. That said, there is conventional wisdom and research which can help guide your decisions. Click here to read more: When is the best time to prune your trees?

What if a tree is pruned at the wrong time of year?
Pruning in the heat of summer, when trees are already low on hydration will put them under further stress.
For example, large trees are vulnerable to sunscald if they are heavily pruned near the top. The bark may be killed when it is suddenly exposed to full sunlight. Pruning at the wrong time of year may remove nutrients stored in the branches before they can be translocated into the trunk and roots.

What tool should be used to prune trees?
Sharp ones. Different tree care professionals prefer different brands, but the most important thing is that the tools are sharpened and serviced regularly to ensure that there is no tearing. It is very important to avoid tearing the bark from the trunk when pruning.

What does “topping” a tree mean?
Topping a tree is when major branches are drastically cut back, and all smaller ones are removed. Although topping has been a widespread practice, it is not recommended, and its use should be restricted to a few extreme cases. A professional tree service can identify when, if ever, to top a tree.

Are there physical dangers to pruning a tree?
Tree care is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. Homeowners are injured or killed every year performing their own tree maintenance. Amateurs should not attempt tree work involving climbing of any kind, work around high-voltage power lines, work from a ladder, or the cutting down of trees. Our crews and supervisors are trained and equipped to work around power lines safely. Hentges Tree Service is fully insured to cover property damage, worker’s compensation, and personal liability in case of accidents.

When a tree needs to be pruned, it is evident that a trained professional is needed. Hentges Tree Service has 7 Certified Arborists on staff and 52 years of experience handling tree care and pruning needs. They are willing and available to help with your tree maintenance now. Contact us today to set up an appointment!