Unpruned trees not only look untidy but can be more susceptible to pests and diseases. Overlapping, damaged or rubbing branches can cause wounds in the bark or prevent airflow through the canopy, both of which make a tree vulnerable to attack. They may carry more foliage than necessary, making them a greater risk in high winds. Lack of pruning in fruit and nut trees mean the branches are left to grow at will, so the tree puts less energy into growing its fruits.
Pruning, and tree care in general, is best approached with at least some knowledge and understanding, not just of the seasonal cycle of tree growth but of the particular species too. For example, some apple trees will grow their fruit on spurs that have grown in the same year, but others will grow fruit on last year’s branches. Knowing which is which can be the difference between having a crop of apples or not!
If you have a tree that has been uncared for over some time, it will probably take a couple of seasons of careful management to restore it to its best; from then on, it should just be a case of regular maintenance tasks. As with all our garden maintenance, we can advise you what needs to be done and also work out a plan that takes into account the time and expertise you have too.
Tasks that we might suggest for your tree include:
Why not get in touch to arrange a no obligation chat with one of our team? We will be pleased to visit your home at a time that suits you to discuss what we can do to help. We can also build tree care into a wider garden maintenance plan so mention any other areas you’d like support with too.