Tree Pruning - Bumps in the Night

By: Jean Ferdinandsen, Certified Arborist WI-0149A

Fall 2004 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format House clearance and deadwood pruning.

Do your trees go bump in the night? Branches rubbing on the house or roof are an indication that a tree needs pruning. If left unpruned, this situation can cause damage not only to your house, but to your tree as well.

Tree pruning for house clearance typically removes branches that are within 5 to 10 feet of the house or roof. This distance provides clearance for several years or more. This time frame can vary with the tree species, vigor, and distance of the tree from the house.

The presence of deadwood in a tree is the other most common pruning need people notice. Deadwood is and should be one of the first things pruned out to improve tree health, safety, appearance, structure, and to prolong life. Removal of deadwood is usually noted by diameter size, for example, 1/2", 1", 2" diameter branches and larger.

House clearance and deadwood pruning are good steps in your tree maintenance. Other pruning may also be appropriate. Winter is a great time to do this pruning. We can easily tell the difference between living and dead branches by buds, and we have a clear view of the structure for the clearance pruning. Your Certified Arborist at Wachtel Tree Service can best evaluate your trees’ pruning needs and work with you to maintain your trees and property.

© Copyright 2004 – Wachtel Tree Science & Service, Inc.

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