Pruning isn’t always a difficult task but if you have a lot of overhanging branches, a lot of shrubbery or either in areas that a difficult to get to, it may be easier to give a tree service a call.  At Ipswich Tree Lopper and Stump Removal we can do all the hard to reach places in a timely and efficient manner meaning that those pesky jobs can be done for you at a low price.  Just ask us!

The advantage we have as a tree and vegetation specialist business is that we do this every day and like any job you do every day, it allows us to finesse our work so that we can operate faster and more efficient than somebody who prunes their gardens once a year.  Combine our experience with a range of quality and professional tools and we can be in and out in no time.

Why prune

If you love your gardens, and you have a lot of shrubs, vines, flowers and other plants that require copious amounts of pruning, you may do this on a regular basis.  But why?  Most people will tell you for a healthier growth but don’t provide the background to what this actually means.  The actual reason behind the positive (healthy plants and better growth) is actually more associated with the lack of negatives.

These may include uneven growth leading to a distorted or unbalanced tree or plant, unnecessary over development of branches on the lower section of the trunk, an accumulation of dead, dying or diseased branches that the plant continues to waste unnecessary resources and energy on and the potential growth of defects.  This all saps (pun intended) the trees on potential for growth and general healthy living and once removed is why newly pruned plants continue to have greater growth spurts.  Because they have the energy to do so.

Pruning also allows the tree to grow stronger branches as a whole which may lead to better and stronger structure later in life, reducing the risk of falling branches that may cause injury or damage structures such as houses, fences and sheds.

How to prune

While many people think of pruning simply as “cutting back” branches and stems, there is a little more to it.  Before you do so, as always we recommend consulting google to determine the exact method for any particular species to yield the best results. This is due mainly because that while there may be some general rules and guidelines to follow, every species may be different, and the wrong technique may even cause more harm than good.

The first thing you want to look into has nothing to do with the cutting itself.  Find out when is the best time to prune you plants is.  As a general rule late winter, early spring is ideal, just before the growth seasons but this is by no means hard and fast and some species benefit from more than one prune a year.

The second general rule is how and where to cut.  Most plants have a “Crown” where the stem of limb meets the trunk or mother branch.  This is normally a fattened little area at the very base.  Again, it is recommended you check what’s good for the species but often an angled cut (45 degrees) is preferred just above this area.