What is Pruning and Why is it Necessary?

Pruning is the process of selectively removing branches from a tree in order to improve the structure, get rid of dead branches, and encourage new growth. When you remove old, damaged, or dead branches, it signals to the tree that it’s time to initiate fresh, new growth. But, keep in mind that there is a science behind proper pruning techniques. Removing too many branches, removing the wrong ones, or even pruning at the wrong time of year can have a negative impact on your trees causing significant or irreparable damage.

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How to Know if Your Trees Need to be Pruned

Most people want their trees to look nice and tidy, but pruning is about more than just aesthetics. This deliberate trimming process helps to keep your trees strong and healthy while preventing serious safety threats from fallen dead branches. Not sure if your trees need to be pruned? Here are a few signs to watch out for:
Misshaped or overgrown trees
Extremely dense trees
Dead or diseased limbs
Storm-damaged limbs
Broken or splintering branches
Branches too close to home or structures
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Emergency Tree Service

Lightning, high winds, as well as weak or dead branches can quickly create a hazardous situation. If you have a tree that has been damaged in a storm, or you have branches that have fallen in your yard, on your home, or by powerlines, it’s important to call in a professional as soon as possible. At Southern Pines Tree Service, we offer prompt, reliable service for downed limbs, damaged trees, and storm cleanup.

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FAQs About Tree Pruning

Do I have to hire someone to prune my trees?

Some people choose to do their own pruning but keep in mind that taking on this task comes with significant safety hazards as well as a potential risk to your trees’ health if you aren’t knowledgeable of proper pruning techniques.

What time of year is best for pruning?

The answer to this question depends on the type of trees you have. For many trees, It’s best to prune during their dormant season (winter). For evergreens, the best time to prune is in the early summer after new growth has emerged. Pruning at the wrong time can cause more harm than good, so if you aren’t sure, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule pruning for a time that’s ideal for your trees.

What is the difference between tree trimming and tree pruning?

Although these two terms are often used interchangeably, they actually serve two different purposes. Trimming is usually focused on aesthetics, while pruning is done for safety reasons and to improve the health of a tree.

How often do trees need to be pruned?

How often a tree needs to be pruned depends on the type of tree. For most varieties, a good rule of thumb is every three to five years. However, some need to be pruned every year (fruit trees), while others only need occasional pruning.

Do you provide tree pruning services outside of Southern Pines?

Yes! We also service Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, Vass, Pinebluff, Seven Lakes, West End, Carthage, and other surrounding communities. To find out if we provide service in your area, please give us a call!

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Southern Pines Tree Service provides professional tree care services to residential and commercial properties in Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, Vass, Pinebluff, Seven Lakes, West End, Carthage, and the surrounding communities. Give us a call or fill out the form below to learn more about our pruning or other services and to get a free quote.