Pruning Young Trees (Formative Pruning)
Young trees require regular pruning as a maintenance practice — just as you perform oil changes on your car, pruning throughout the life of your tree is a small investment critical to the long term health of your trees. Formative pruning helps develop strong branches and tree trunks. It minimizes costly corrective pruning once trees mature, helps them live longer and look better.
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Images from left to right: Young tree structure at planting, unpruned tree at 3-4 years, unpruned tree at 15 years.
Images from left to right: Structural pruning on a newly planted tree, structural pruning at 3-4 years, structural pruning at 15 years.
Fast-growing tree species (such as Autumn Blaze Maple, Silver Maple, Elm, and Cottonwood) are popular for providing quick cover in bare landscapes. These same trees are also prone to developing a weak structure without the right pruning, and can have pruning needs as often as every 1-3 years.
The arborists at Rainbow Treecare are educated and experienced in how to prune your tree without jeopardizing its health and longevity.
- Every pruning cut is made with the plant’s health in mind.
- Improper pruning cuts lead to disease and decay.