Tree Pruning Tips | Ft. Worth | Arlington, TX | HEB and More
Tree pruning varies from tree to tree. For example, live oaks require more regular pruning than most other trees in DFW. We believe in a "mother nature" style approach to tree work at Justin's Tree Service. Pruning a tree into an artificial shape is a waste of money, has ugly results, and is usually detrimental to the health of the plant.
A common mistake is lifting or raising the bottom of the plant by removal of lower limbs. The lower limbs add to the grace and beauty of the tree and the excessive removal of lower limbs can cause stress and lead to the other health-related problems. This procedure doesn't always allow more light to the grass of other planting beneath.
If the top of the tree has not been thinned, a solid canopy still exists and no significant increase of light to the ground plane has been created. We believe it's best to remove dead or damaged limbs, limbs that are rubbing, limbs with mistletoe or disease, and, in certain cases, enough of the canopy to allow shafts of sunlight all the way through the tree to the ground.
Pruning cuts should never be made flush to the tree trunk. A small stub, the branch collar, should be preserved because it is the part of the tree which provides the natural healing process for the cut. We believe pruning paint should never be used. Damage to living tissue will always heal faster if exposed to fresh air.
Tree fact: Earthworms are nature's tillers and soil conditioners. Besides integrating organic material into the soil, earthworms manufacture great fertilizer. One reason for using natural fertilizers in your garden is that they encourage native earthworms.