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23 Feb 2017

4 Secrets on How (and When) To Prune Your Fruit Tree

Useful Tips for a Successful Fruit Tree Pruning Process


Whether you’re dealing with a newly planted fruit tree or merely doing some regular maintenance, one of the most important tree care processes you have to learn is pruning.


What is pruning?

Pruning is a process of trimming or cutting away dead or overgrown branches and stems. It can revitalize tree growth and increase its fruitfulness. When trees are left unpruned, particularly fruit trees, growth and development can be hindered, especially when weather factors come into play. Fruit trees will take longer to bear fruit or simply won’t bear any at all.


Why Take Pruning Seriously: Key Factors to Consider


  • The survivability factor

Trees may look sturdy and robust to most common folks, but they’re actually quite sensitive to temperature changes, the weather, and other external factors. Through the process of pruning, you effectively increase a tree’s survivability, ensuring their growth and development. And by pruning a fruit tree, you practically increase its chances of bearing great quality fruit.


  • The stimulation factor

When you prune trees you are effectively stimulating more growth, fruit and flowering trees are most sensitive to over pruning. Removing too much live growth can and will stimulate negative growth in suckers and water sprouts. Suckers grow from the roots, water sprouts are the fast growing straight limbs that are weakly attached adventitious growth that rob nutrients and water from the healthy growth. All suckers should be removed when spotted, some water sprouts can be left it not left in direct composition of proper growing  limbs. Keep to a 20% live material removal, this does not include suckers, dead, broken or diseased branches.


  • The proper shaping factor

Most people think that the natural shape of a fruit tree is the most optimum for fruit bearing. The truth is it’s not always the case. If you look at fruit trees in the wild and compare them with those in well-maintained locations, there’s actually a significant difference in fruit production. Well-maintained fruit trees produce more trees than those in the wild. And that’s because of proper and timely pruning.


The Basics of Proper Fruit Tree Pruning: Tips on the How and the When

  1. Wait for the tree to become dormant before you start the pruning process.

All trees go into a dormant stage, typically during the fall season and well into winter. One of the most obvious signs that a tree is going into dormancy is when its leaves start falling. Once the leaves are off, and we have had multi cold days and nights it’s the appropriate time to start the pruning process.

Summer pruning can also be performed, but it should only be done in the early part of summer, and limited to suckers,  broken, diseased and crossing branches, especially when dealing with fruit trees.


  1. Upright branches produce the most vegetation while horizontal branches bear most of the fruits.

If you don’t know much about fruit trees, there is one important factor you need to understand as far as figuring out which parts of the tree bears the most fruit. The vertical or upright branches typically have the most vegetation and are more vigorous than other branches. However, it’s the horizontal branches that are more fruitful.

The key to a healthy and fruitful tree is a good balance between the positioning of the branches. This is one aspect that can really benefit from a good pruning. Branches growing at a 45° to 60° angle provide the right balance for maximum fruiting.


  1. Low vigor and recently planted trees benefit from regular pruning.

Corrective and regular pruning on recently planted fruit trees or trees that are fairly young and have low vigor is highly advisable to encourage strong and rapid growth. Ideally, recently planted trees should be encouraged to grow and develop in the first three years of its life.

Proper methods and techniques should always be observed when planting a new tree. Best tree planting practices will help equalize the development of the top and the root system of the tree.


  1. Consult a reputable Arborist to help with the various aspects of fruit tree pruning and maintenance.

When it comes to fruit trees, or any tree for that matter, it’s important to have a tree expert present to help guide you in the right direction as far as taking care of your trees is concerned. And there is no individual more knowledgeable when it comes to trees than a Certified Arborist.

Of all the tips about how or when to prune trees, what the right maintenance techniques are, this is probably the most important secret that’s actually not so secret (when you think about it). Obviously, if you want to maintain a healthy, fruit-bearing tree, you need to hire a professional to help you out.


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19 Feb 2017
why spring is great time to call your arborist

Why Spring Is a Great Time to Call Your Arborist

The Four Main Reasons Why You Should Hire an Arborist in Spring


Before we figure out why spring is an excellent time to contact your local Arborist, perhaps we should first provide the reason it is imperative that you hire an Arborist.

If you have trees in your property, whether it’s residential or commercial, you will need someone to maintain, trim, prune, and look after the plants’ health and well-being on a regular basis. That someone is a professional known as an Arborist.

Arborists are trained professionals who specialize in the care and maintenance of individual trees. They have the appropriate training and knowledge with regards to the proper handling of various types of trees. In layman’s terms, Arborists are tree experts who are certified to apply their expertise.


So why is spring a good time to contact an Arborist?

Well, if you want to do annual spring cleaning on your home, office, or business establishment, there is no reason why you shouldn’t invest the same time and effort taking care of your tree’s needs during this time of year.

All the other seasons can be challenging to most trees because of the extreme temperatures, storms, and winds they have to endure. Droughts, heavy rains, thunderstorms, ice, and snow—all of these can take a toll on the trees in your property, especially if you live in an area that experiences these types of conditions each and every year.

Springtime is the only time when trees can grow new life, recover, and then relax, making is a good time for maintenance and light pruning if necessary.  Removing dead, diseased and broken branches should be removed when noticed, especially after an active winter. Look for water sprouts and suckers for removal as well. These advantageous limbs and sprouts which are weakly attached and drain needed nutrients to healthy limbs.


4 Key Reasons Why Spring Is the Ideal Time to Call an Arborist

1. To Do Maintenance Checks on Your Trees

Much like your car, your home’s air conditioning system, or your own body, trees also require routine inspections and maintenance. And these checks are best conducted during spring. Tree maintenance is necessary to ensure optimal health, diagnose potential diseases, catch mold and pest infestation before they spread, and to check the soil condition.


2. To Do Some Trimming

The subfreezing temperatures during the winter months and the fluctuating temperatures in late winter and early spring can cause serious problems to your trees. These harsh conditions can leave their limbs and branches weak. If left alone, those weakened branches can become a serious hazard, especially when faced with strong winds and storms. The warm spring weather provides an opportune time to remove these potential hazards and allow the tree to recover and grow.

Through a proper trimming process, you can remove some of the winter damage sustained by the trees and help restore their vibrant beauty as spring progresses.


3. To Do Some Pruning

Pruning is one of the processes employed by Arborists to restore the shape and structure of snow-damaged trees. Removing dead, broken and diseased branches should be removed when noticed, this can be done any time of the year. As spring progresses, your trees will start to become thicker as they get covered with green leaves. During this period, pruning becomes essential to help give the tree proper shape and structure.

Pruning will also help ensure the right balance of new growth, especially when new growth is heavier or thicker on one side. The right pruning process will not only help restore beauty and shape to your trees, it also helps with the integrity of their limbs and branches.

Note: You should avoid hiring Arborists or tree companies that practice tree topping as a technique to control tree shape and structure. Tree topping, the practice of removing whole tops of trees, is not only detrimental to the health and integrity of the tree; it’s downright illegal in some states.


4. To Provide Tree Removal Services

Let’s get one thing straight: tree removal should only be considered as a last resort and not a primary solution to dealing with snow-damaged trees. Often times, trees that sustained damage from the previous winter can still recover when handled correctly.

However, there are times where the damage sustained by a tree is so severe that restoring it is virtually impossible. At times like these, when the structural integrity of the tree is so compromised that it now poses a potential hazard, tree removal may be your only option. Springtime is the best time to do it.


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30 Jan 2017
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Oh Snap! Heavy Wet Snow Is Damaging My Trees… What Should I Do?

What to Do to Help Repair Damaged Trees Caused by Ice and Snow

Heavy snowstorms, strong wind gusts, and ice formations during the cold winter months can really do a number on your property. Cars parked on the streets could be covered in snow by morning. But one of the most common problems encountered by property owners during winter is the damage that is sustained by trees, shrubberies, and other plant life in the property.

When a property owner encounters snow damaged trees, his first instinct is to grab a chainsaw and cut down the branch or limb that sustained the damage. This is not always the best idea, however. After a heavy snowstorm, if you want to check what kind of damage your trees have received from the night before, there are few things you need to consider doing, for safety purposes.


Useful Tips for Dealing with Snow Damaged Trees after a Snowstorm


Tip #1: Carefully Assess the Surrounding Area

Before you start clearing fallen branches and tree limbs, make sure that you check the surrounding area first. Safety should always be your number one priority. In situations like this, broken branches and limbs may hit utility lines such as power, telephone, and cable. You need to assess the area and render it safe before doing anything else.


Tips #2: Check the Damaged Portion of the Tree

Don’t go near or start climbing the tree. There could be branches or limbs that are merely hanging by a thread. A slight gust of wind could easily dislodge it. The last thing you want is a broken tree branch falling on top of you.

Sometimes, trees and shrubs tend to bend under the sheer weight of ice and snow. Don’t panic. As long as the main branch and major limbs of the tree are not broken, and 50% or more of the crown is undamaged, the tree can still recover.


Tip #3: Keep Your Cool When Dealing with Snow Damaged Trees

Instead of rushing to remedy the broken tree branches, you need to be patient. During a snowstorm, or in the following days immediately after the storm, there’s actually very little you or anyone can do to help the tree at this point.

You can, however, start to remove any potential hazards to pedestrians, such as broken branches that you can easily reach. Using a ladder at this point can be dangerous. So avoid using ladders or climbing the tree, for that matter.

If there are broken branches high up in the tree, just put a sign under it to warn passersby. Save the more serious decisions for later. The key is to focus on tree recovery rather than chopping it down and feeding it to the wood chipper.


Tip #4: Carefully Remove Easy-to-Reach Broken Branches by Pruning

A few days after the snowstorm that damaged some of your trees, you can start the pruning process to remove the affected parts of the tree. However, you need to be careful not to over-prune. Most people tend to over-prune their trees to remove the damaged portions and to balance the look of the tree.

You need to remember that the goal at this point is not about appearance, the goal is to help the tree to fully recover. After the pruning process, the tree might look a bit awkward or uneven, but trees grow quick. And before you know it, new foliage will soon occupy the bare areas of the tree and it will look vibrant and healthy once again.


Tip #5: Don’t Hesitate to Seek Professional Help (for the tree, not you)

Getting professional help is probably the best way to deal with trees that are damaged by cold winds, snow, and ice. The term professional is not used loosely here, though. Just because you have a guy with a chainsaw, a pair of work gloves, a hardhat, and a pickup truck doesn’t mean that he’s a tree care professional.

What you want is to find a reputable Arborist or tree care company in your area. Jobs like this require up-to-date methods and expertise that not a lot of people can handle. Plus, if you blindly rely on those without proper credentials, there’s a pretty good chance you will regret your decision later on.

In the event of an accident occurring in your property, you will most likely be held liable if the company you hire has no insurance. So be careful when seeking professional help.


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14 Jan 2017

2017 New Year’s Resolutions (From Your Trees)

It’s a new year once again, which means I have a new growth ring that tells a story of all my experiences in the past year, both good and bad. The past year was full of exciting moments, spending most of the afternoons watching little Johnny having fun playing with the swing his father placed on one of my stronger branches. I can only hope to become stronger this year so I can continue to support little Johnny’s weight as he swings back and forth with glee.

My list of resolutions this year is modest; I just want to be able to grow in peace. I would like to provide shade to anyone who needs it, provide a stable home for my avian friends, and bear fruits for my human companions to enjoy.

But in order for me and my fellow trees to realize our New Year’s resolutions, we’re going to need all the help we can get from our human friends. Here are some of our resolutions that we hope you can help us achieve this year.


New Year’s Resolutions – From Your Tree


  1. Give me mulch and I promise to become healthy, grow bigger, and provide a beautiful green glow to your garden.


Not a lot of humans are aware of the importance of mulch and the process of mulching when it comes to the health and development of us trees, especially those who are newly planted and are still getting acquainted with their new surroundings.

So why do we need mulch?

  • Mulch helps to insulate the ground soil we stand on, providing a strong buffer from fluctuating hot and cold temperatures.
  • It helps to retain water and moisture in our root system, thus keeping us well-hydrated and healthy.
  • Mulch helps combat weed growth, effectively eliminating our main competition for water and nutrition.
  • Mulch reduces the negative effects of compaction common in urban environments.

This year, if you promise to take care of our mulch needs, we in turn promise to provide you with thick foliage for shade, strong branches for your kids to climb, and sweet, juicy fruits for the entire family to enjoy.


  1. Keep us well-hydrated and we will develop into a healthy and vibrant tree you will be proud of. Your neighborhood will be thanking you for it.

Tree watering is a crucial part in our development, especially for those of us who are newly planted or have just been relocated to a different environment. Even though a lot of our kind tend to live for decades, if not hundreds of years, during our formative years, we do need your help when it comes to hydration.

So how do you effectively provide us with our daily watering needs?

  • For trees that are newly planted – It is important to give us water immediately after we are planted. Our roots are still getting acquainted with the ground and the new soil composition; we need all the moisture we can get to firmly attach ourselves to our new environment.
  • The first couple of years are crucial for our development – The first two growing seasons is quite challenging for most of us, especially for those who need an extensive amount of water and moisture to grow and develop.
  • Hot summers are especially difficult for us – During the hot summer months, we spend most of our energy growing, producing buds near the end of summer. This occurs during what is referred to as lignification. Trees do most of their growing in the early summer.  In late summer they store up reserves to begin the growing process again the following spring. During this time, we need all the help we can get from our human companions.  lack of water reduces our leaves ability to produce sugars through photosynthesis and remain cool through the process of evapotranspiration.  In severe cases our leaves may wilt or even fall off to prevent further water loss.
  • Proper mulching can go a long way in maintaining root moisture – Heat and drought can cause our root system to dry up, preventing us from getting water and moisture from the soil. You can avoid this by covering the top soil with wood-chip mulch in order to maintain ideal temperatures underneath and sustain moisture and water in the soil.


  1. Prune me right and I will grow into a lush and vibrant tree that will enhance the beauty and elegance of your yard.

Every once in a while I will require a good pruning to establish and maintain good health and structure especially if I am young tree. As I mature pruning will help me remain healthy and beautiful.  Be sure to have a goal set before establishing a pruning plan, never prune without an objective, remove dead, diseased and crossing branches so that I can heal properly and not waste energy on problematic branches.  Please use proper pruning practices to ensure all the pruning cuts heal properly, don’t remove too much foliage or you may cause more harm then good especially if I am mature.

Happy New Year! What are some of your New Years resolutions for 2017? Comment below.


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04 Jan 2017
Winter Tree Pruning

5 Winter Tree Pruning Tips You Need to Know

Yes, we know. The weather outside is just too cold for an early morning gardening work. But in case you aren’t aware, winter season is actually the best time of the year to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Let the tree pruning commence!

As stated by one of the plant health care supervisors at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the majority of tree pruning among deciduous trees should be done during the winter. Right after the shrubs and trees go into dormancy, you can instantly proceed to pruning.

So, why do you need to prune during winter?

Pruning is easy to do when the plants have no leaves because you can instantly see the trees’ structure. You don’t even need to do tree topping. Another thing: during the winter, there is actually a lesser chance of disease transmission. Moreover, as the weather is too cold, insects won’t go out into the cold just to feast on the fresh pruning wounds of your plants.

In this article, we want to share with you five essential tips that will help you with your winter pruning. Here they are:

1. Learn Everything That You Can about Tree Pruning

First things first.

When pruning a plant, make sure that you have a clear purpose in mind. Plan first what you want to do with the shrub or tree that you are going to prune. In case you don’t know, there is a bevy of pruning methods and for each plant type there is a proper way of pruning it. Let’s take for example, deciduous plants. The natural style is the more suitable method of pruning them. This style preserves the natural outline of the tree or shrub, highlighting the natural features of the plant.

2. Remove All Undesirable Branches

After outlining the pruning process that you will do, make sure to remove all diseased and/or dead parts of the plant. Once you’re done with that, you can remove the water sprouts and the suckers—these two will not make the tree or shrub natural-looking nor will they give the plant well-branched limbs.

But that’s not it. See to it that you are also doing these:

  • Remove the rubbing branches in the tree; you can start with the largest down to the smallest branch.
  • Thin the canopy of the plant. You can start at the center and proceed outward. The purpose of thinning of the canopy is to be able to increase the air circulation through the branches. (Take note: Do not remove more than 25% of the plant’s branches as this will encourage the proliferation of sucker growth.)  

3. Never Leave a Stub

When working on a plant, see to it that you don’t leave a stub as this can also promote the growth of suckers and ruin the plant’s natural outline. Moreover, open ends leave the plant vulnerable to diseases.

Ideally, you should shear off a branch above a bud and that bud should face outwards. This way, the new branch will not grow inwards to the center of the plant.

4. Look for Signs of Infestation

Be sure to examine plant closely and look for potential problems before you proceed with the pruning. In the winter, tussock and gypsy months, including caterpillars, are usually visible on the branches of a tree. Aside from looking for pests, be sure to check the plant for signs of diseases such as open lesions and abnormal lumps.

5. Wear the Right Safety Gear

What’s next?

Well, apart from being concerned with your plants, you should also be concerned with yourself.

So, whenever working on a plant, you need to remember your safety too. Always employ eye protection for obvious reasons. It is also essential that you familiarize yourself with the right tools that you will be using to prune different kinds of plants.

When pruning huge trees, you might want to seek professional service from an Arborist.

It is no secret that pruning is usually among the most common gardening job that often gets neglected. With plenty of gardeners getting confused about when to do pruning, how to do it, or why it is even done, trees and shrubs usually grow without going through the pruning process.

However, you need to understand that pruning is something that should be done regularly among plants. Thinning a tree’s canopy improves sunlight absorption and air flow through the plant, minimizing its chances of getting infested by pests and diseases.

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