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How Much to Trim a Tree?

Typical Range:

$75 - $1,500

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated June 21, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Professional tree trimming costs between $200 and $760, or an average of $460, depending on the tree's size and the parameters of the job. Smaller tree trimming jobs—particularly for trees under 30 feet tall—can cost as little as $75. Trees reaching over 60 feet, on the other hand, can cost over $1,500 to trim. 

Let's break down how to determine your approximate tree trimming costs, tree trimming add-ons, and the key differences between tree trimming and pruning.

In this article

  • Tree Trimming Cost Factors
  • Tree Trimming Cost per Hour
  • Trimming Cost by Tree Type
  • Additional Tree Trimming Costs
  • Tree Trimming Add-Ons 
  • DIY Tree Trimming vs. Hiring a Pro
  • FAQs

Tree Trimming Cost Factors

Since every tree is unique, no two tree trimming jobs are quite the same. Trimming can improve the overall look and health of your tree, protect local power lines, and keep branches from impeding on your home. Tree trimming even increases direct sunlight in your backyard for better gardening.

Your tree trimming estimate will take several factors into account:

  • The number of trees you need trimmed

  • The type of the tree

  • The size of the tree

  • Tree health issues

  • Accessibility of branches

  • Location of the tree

  • The time of year

Number of Trees

Arborists and tree trimming specialists may offer discounts for larger jobs that include more than one tree. For example, if the cost to trim a single, mid-size tree costs $300, professionals may quote you $1,000 for five trees—or just $200 a tree. It is typically less expensive for experts to cut more trees at once since you've already covered the cost of travel and tools.

Type and Size

The tree variety and its size both play a large role in tree trimming costs. Even though trimming is more about aesthetics than pruning, you still need professional knowledge to remove branches without harming the health of the tree.

Tree type also dictates the height of a tree and the reach of its branches. The larger the tree, the more expensive it is to access, trim, and haul away debris. Pros may require specialty climbing and bracing equipment to safely remove and lower branches. 

Common tree heights and costs include:

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Call a local tree trimmer or certified arborist if you're concerned about the health or stability of a tree on your lawn. Recent storms, disease, or pest problems can threaten its structure and ability to flourish. Trimming can even preserve the tree without having to remove it. Between inspection, pest control, and disease control, add an extra $30 to $300 to rule out and address health issues when trimming.


The height, variety, and relation to other structures on your property affect the accessibility of the job. You'll pay higher prices, for example, if tree trimmers need to bring in a professional climber to trim the tree. Bucket trucks are much easier and less expensive to use, but if the tree's branches in question are too difficult to reach or in the way of a major structure—more on this below—you'll pay a bit more.

If your tree overlaps with power lines, you'll need to contact the utility company for additional assistance. Tree trimmers may also charge more if the three sit close to your house, shed, or another tree. 


The cost of living and standard contractor prices in your area will sway your bottom line. If you live in a less expensive region with small, easy-to-trim trees, expect lower costs. Densely forested areas with tall oaks and pines, however, will push prices higher. Some average costs of tree trimming in major cities include:

  • Dallas: $500

  • Denver: $200

  • Los Angeles: $450

  • Miami: $350

  • Phoenix: $600


Homeowners trim their trees once a year depending on the tree's variety and placement in their yard. If you call a tree trimmer during the high season—late fall through early spring—you may end up paying a premium to fit into their schedules. 

The high season exists for a reason, however. Arborists recommend trimming or pruning most tree species during their dormant seasons to encourage spring growth, so there is naturally more demand for trimmers during these months. 

Calling a tree trimmer off-season is common if it was damaged in a storm or growing dangerously into a power line.

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Tree Trimming Cost per Hour

Hourly rates for tree trimmers fall between $25 to $50 per employee, but you'll rarely see them listed on your estimate. Tree trimmers may use the hourly rate to calculate your flat fee, but details like tree size, accessibility, and requested services will play a larger role. The company will use these details to build a rate that encompasses all the related fees, including the number of employees and the approximate length of the job.

Trimming Cost by Tree Type

Arborists in your region should specialize in how to trim your local trees, particularly since each species requires a different trimming tactic and schedule. Each tree's height, trunk and branch thickness, and even environmental protection laws affect the price to trim them.


Palm trees across the U.S. significantly vary in height depending on their species. Southern California fan palms can reach over 80 feet while palms in the southeast are much shorter. Trimming palms will cost between $100 to $1,500 for this reason. Many homeowners like to remove the dead fronds from the tops of palm trees for aesthetic purposes. Call a local palm tree trimming service for expert advice on how to scale them back safely.


From Northern Reds to Willow Oaks, oak trees are some of the most common landscape trees across the country. They can also grow over 80 feet tall with a spread of over 40 feet at maturity. You'll pay between $180 and $1,500 on average for oak tree trimming costs. More specifically, Trimming an 80-foot oak tree will cost about $1,000 if it's accessible by bucket truck or $1,400 if you need a climber.


Much like oaks, pine trees can grow anywhere from 50 to 150 feet tall. Their denser branches can make them trickier to climb as well. Pine tree trimming costs between $200 and $1,800 on average for this reason.

Crepe Myrtle

Hardy to zones six through 10, crepe myrtle trees are common flowering trees with dense, shrub-like branches. Since the trees only grow up to about 30 feet tall, they're a bit easier and cheaper to trim. Expect to pay between $80 and $400 depending on its size, health issues, and the time of the year.


Mangrove trees—particularly those in Florida—are often heavily regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection. You'll need a specialist to determine if it is legal to trim a mangrove and how much you're allowed to remove—typically no more than 25% a year depending on its height. You should avoid trimming a mangrove tree yourself, as improper removal or trimming comes with a hefty fine.


The thick density of cypress branches can make these trees a little hard to trim. And since they range from 15 to 100 feet tall on average, you'll pay between $150 to $1,200 for tree trimming services. Professionals should know how to properly trim a cypress tree's round shape for safety.

Large Trees

Large and extra-large trees—we're talking over 60 or 150 feet—require more complex climbing equipment and tools for cutting the thick branches. You'll pay between $800 and $1,800 for large tree trimming, but the price will vary even further depending on access, its exact size, and its species.

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Additional Tree Trimming Costs

If you're concerned about the stability of a tree on your property, it's important to have an arborist check it out for potential issues. Pests, decay, disease, or abiotic damage—damage from the weather—can all affect its overall health. Professionals may recommend pairing tree trimming services for fertilization, deep root injections, or disease control.


Begin by inviting an arborist to your home to sign off on the health of your trees. They will check for signs of rot, pests, structural issues, and local soil health. A tree inspection will cost between $30 and $150 for the visit.

Pests and Disease

While many types of fungi, insects, and animals play a role in a healthy tree's ecosystem, they become pests when they damage the structure or health of the tree. Tree pest control costs significantly vary depending on the species, but average between $50 and $250

You may require monthly pest control treatments to save the tree as well as an inspection of whether they've threatened its stability. A few pests to look out for include:

  • Ants

  • Aphids

  • Emerald Ash Borers

  • Mites

  • Oak Wilt

  • Root Rot

  • Shield Lice

  • Termites

  • Woodpeckers


Check if your tree trimming estimate includes the cost of hauling branches and cleaning up your yard. If not, dumping costs add an extra $25 to $100. A more thorough yard cleanup that includes pruning, leaf removal, and raking may cost from $200 to $500.

Deep Root Fertilization

Struggling trees can benefit from spikes that send fertilizer deep into the ground to reach its lower roots. A certified arborist will charge between $50 and $300 for this service, but it is also a DIY-able project.

Tree or Trunk Injection

One common method to fight tree pests and disease is trunk injection. Arborists inject a tree with treatments right to the trunk’s core for more thorough care. The process will add $50 to $100 to your bill.

Tree Trimming Add-Ons 

Working with an expert tree trimmer or certified arborist opens the doors to even further tree care for a healthier backyard ecosystem. They may recommend additional services or a better or stronger tree.


Pruning costs between $400 and $800 a tree, similar to trimming costs. While pruning and trimming overlap, pruning specifically prepares dormant shrubs and trees to bloom next season. It removes dead or wilted areas of branches to promote growth.  


Topping a tree costs between $400 and $800 since it follows similar steps as traditional trimming. But this process—which removes the top section of the branches to round off the end of its branches—can threaten a tree's long-term health and even invite rot. A certified arborist may recommend topping a tree as the first step to removing it altogether.

Branch Removal

Tree branch removal is the same as tree trimming and therefore also costs between $200 and $800 on average. You may need individual branches removed after a storm or if one interferes with the roof or chimney on your home.

Tree Removal 

Removing a tree costs between $400 and $1,200, depending on many of the same factors for tree trimming. Its size, health, and placement will all play a role. It's important to always trust full tree removal to a professional, as you'll need local permits to remove certain tree species.

Stump Grinding and Stump Removal 

Expect to pay an average of $3 per diameter inch for the cost of stump grinding and removal. The whole project will cost between $150 and $500.

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DIY Tree Trimming vs. Hiring a Pro

Tree trimming is not a straightforward DIY project, nor is it necessarily cost-effective. The price of pruners, tree trimmers, safety equipment, ladders, and dumping costs can cost over $1,100—more than the average cost to call in a professional. 

Attempting to trim a tall tree on your own can also result in:

  • Falling from the tree or ladder.

  • Harming the structure of the tree.

  • Interfering with power lines.

  • Injuries from sharp and complex pruners.

  • Trimming an environmentally protected tree.


What's the difference between tree pruning and trimming?

In many cases, trimming and pruning will serve similar purposes. Pruning removes old foliage and a section of branches to encourage longer growth and blooms in the spring. Arborists often prune trees in the dormant season to prepare them for the next season.

Tree trimming more commonly refers to removing the ends of branches for aesthetic purposes. Unstable branches or branches that impede on homes and electrical lines also get trimmed each year.

When should trees be trimmed? 

Check your trees at least once a year for the following signs that they need to be trimmed:

  • Branches are growing too close to your home or nearby structure

  • Branches threaten electrical wires

  • Signs of structural damage

  • Signs of pests or disease

Homeowners may also choose to trim some trees for aesthetic purposes at least once a year. Otherwise, wait every three to five years to trim them for optimate health.

Do I need an arborist for tree trimming? 

Both trained tree trimmers and certified arborists can safely trim or remove trees from your yard. Tree trimmers can remove unsightly branches, protect your home and wires from the tree's growth, and make recommendations about removing trees without the arborist certification. Call an arborist when you have questions about the tree's long-term health and recommendations for care.

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2022 Tree Trimming Costs & Prices

Tree Trimming Cost

Hiring a professional to trim just one tree can cost $80 to $1,000+, with $250 to $500 being the typical price range for tree trimming. If the trimming is straightforward, you could be quoted $80 for a small tree under 25 feet tall, or $175 for a medium-sized tree 25 to 50 feet, and $300 to $1,000 for a big tree over 50 feet. Keep in mind that those prices cover a one-time service for just one tree. If you’ve got several trees around your house that need trimming, the bill will go up accordingly.

Tree Trimming Cost
National Average Cost $325
Minimum Cost $80
Maximum Cost $1,000
Average Range $250 to $500

This pricing guide covers:

  1. Tree Trimming Costs
  2. Average Tree Trimming Service Cost
  3. Tree Trimming Cost Calculator
  4. DIY Tree Trimming
  5. Tree Trimming Tips
  6. Tree Maintenance Tips
  7. Pruning vs. Trimming
  8. Selecting Your Tree Trimming Service
  9. Tree Trimming Near Me

Average Tree Trimming Service Cost

The average tree trimming service will usually cost $80 to $350 per tree. For a medium-sized tree, you might be quoted $150, in comparison to $250+ if that tree was diseased, hazardous, or full of pests. For big trees, such as pine or oak, expect to pay between $300 and $1,000 each. If a large tree needs to be cut by a climber vs. using a bucket truck, prices will increase by 30% to 40% more.

Here is a breakdown to help you better understand what a professional service may charge for trimming trees of varying sizes:

  • Smaller trees up to 25 feet in height typically cost between $80 and $350 to trim.
  • Medium-sized trees between 25 and 50 feet in height, like crab apple trees, cost between $150 and $800+ to trim.
  • Big Trees that are 50 feet or taller, such as pine or oak trees, can cost between $300 and $1,000+ when trimmed by a professional.

Palm Tree Trimming Cost

In general, the taller the palm tree, the higher the cost. Palm tree trimming costs $80 to $350 if they are 30 feet tall or less, and $250 to $1,200 if they are 60 feet or taller.

Pine Tree Trimming Cost

Large trees such as pine or oak trees will usually cost between $300 and $1,000 when you hire a professional tree trimming service. If the tree is not easily accessible, expect to spend up to 40% more.

Tree Trimming Cost Calculator

When calculating the costs of your tree trimming project, there are five essential things to keep in mind. Your tree trimming cost estimate will reflect the following factors:

  1. Size – The bigger a tree, the more branches that need trimming. That adds up to more labor and, therefore, more expense.
  2. Location – Is your tree in a hard-to-reach spot? Is it near a power line? If that’s the case, you’ll likely be charged more because of the extra labor involved.
  3. Accessibility – If a professional needs sufficient surrounding space to cut the tree, this will result in a higher cost.
  4. Number of Trees – How many trees you need to trim will also impact the overall cost. More trees = higher price.
  5. Health – Have diseases or pests caused the condition of the tree to deteriorate? If so, you’ll probably wind up paying more for tree-trimming service.

If you need an arborist and would like to obtain a more accurate quote, please be mindful of the following variables in regards to the total cost.

How tall is the tree?

As you'd expect, larger trees tend to cost more than smaller trees. Not only will the tree's size determine the number of branches, but larger trees also often require additional equipment. Be sure to discuss pricing upfront with your local arborist.

Where is the tree located?

The location of the tree also matters as some trimming jobs are much more time-consuming in comparison to others. Although tree trimming companies typically have a bucket truck that they use to reach the top of tall trees, this is not always an option. In some cases, a trimmer will need to physically climb the tree, driving up the cost.

Expect to pay 30% to 40% more if a tall tree needs to be cut by a climber vs. using a bucket truck.

If a large tree is close to your home or power lines, branches cannot be tossed down with ease. Instead, they are often lowered using ropes. Since this process takes longer, a higher cost often results.

Travel distance can also drive up the cost of the job, as many tree companies will charge for their travel time. That is why you should hire a local tree services company to stay within your budget.

How many trees need to be trimmed?

How many trees you need to trim will also impact the overall cost. That is why it's important to disclose this information when you request a quote, as you will then obtain a more accurate estimate.

If you only mention one tree and the tree removal company finds out that there are actually four trees on-site, you can imagine how that would impact the job itself – both in terms of time and money.

What is the tree's health?

Many variables would cause a tree to weaken over time. For example, if a tree was struck by lightning, or if it's unhealthy, it will no longer be as stable as it once was. In this case, a minor trim may not be sufficient. If there is a risk that the tree could fall on your home or someone else's, more significant measures may need to be taken. An unstable tree, for instance, may need to be cabled. While this may cost more, the end result will be a much healthier and safer tree.

Similarly, a tree may have a disease or illness that will impact its overall health. In turn, this can influence the total cost to trim and adequately maintain your tree(s). Here are a few examples:

  • Fungi – Many different fungi can quickly destroy trees. As they deplete vital nutrients, a tree's structural stability is often compromised.
  • Large cracks – If you notice a moist crack in the trunk of your tree, this could mean that there's internal decay. In this case, the tree's life may be in jeopardy. For example, Tree Pros LLC recommends you contact a pro quickly if a crack extends deeply, a crack is in contact with another defect, or a large branch is cracked.
  • Weather damage – This type of damage is caused by weather variables, such as hail, frost, dry spells, and strong winds. If you notice dried leaves or cracked limbs, it is important to tend to the area as soon as possible. If you ignore the problem, parasites could attack the damage and eventually kill the tree.

Have pests infested the tree?

Many insects and animals live in trees without causing any harm. However, those that do can quickly damage or even kill your trees. In some cases, pests infest a tree and in doing so, cause an illness to develop. Be aware of these common pests so that you can better communicate the potential issue to a tree services company.

  • Ants – If you have noticed ants on your tree, it is important to keep watch. This may be an indication that your tree is rotting of that damage has occurred. If you see a prevalence of ants, particularly near the base of the tree's trunk, along with sawdust, it is best to call an expert.
  • Mites – They may be small, but mites can do a lot of damage, especially to tree leaves and buds. Shield-lice are another tiny insect that can quickly cause damage.
  • Woodpeckers – When woodpeckers take residence in a tree, they often do so because the tree is already rotting. If a woodpecker has made your tree its new home, you should seek the advice of a professional to see if fungal decay is an issue.
  • Other wood-destroying pests – There are many pests and depending on your area, you may experience a unique situation. Since the larva of many other insects can breed in your tree, this will often increase the risk of damage, allowing fungi to move in.

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DIY Tree Trimming

Trimming a tree may seem like a potential DIY project, and in select cases, it is reasonable and safe to perform the work yourself. However, if you do not have the correct knowledge or equipment, this task can quickly turn into a hazardous, even deadly experience. If you have no prior experience in this field and want to ensure that your tree remains healthy, a professional is highly recommended.

Tree trimming companies own the type of heavy-duty equipment required to safely and successfully complete this type of task. Unless you have trimmed trees in the past, you would need to invest in expensive tools to begin your project. From loppers to pruners, safety equipment to heavy-duty gas tree trimmers, the list can quickly add up.

When trimming trees, there are some serious safety concerns that you need to know. Even the most experienced tree trimmers need to be cautious of falling limbs and branches. After all, they can fall in unexpected directions. In addition, if your tree is anywhere near a power line, do not proceed without a professional.

Also, regardless of your skill set, if you need to trim a very large tree (i. e., over 50 feet), there should be no question about whether or not to hire a professional.

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Tree Trimming Tips

If you do decide to go ahead and trim your tree(s) yourself, it is important to keep these key techniques and tips in mind:

  • Look for V-shaped angles – If branches have a strong U-shaped angle, this typically means that they're strong and should be left alone. In comparison, branches with a V-shaped angle are generally weak.
  • Consider the size of the branch – Generally, if a branch is 5 centimeters or less in diameter, it's safe to remove. However, as branches increase in size, you need to consider your options. Any branch that is over 10 centimeters in diameter should only be removed if absolutely necessary.
  • Trim your tree while it's dormant – Although you can technically trim a tree during any season when the tree is dormant, it's easier to see. Although this will support the remaining buds, there is one exception to this rule. If your tree is growing too quickly and you'd like to slow down its growth rate, prune the tree in its active growth cycle.
  • How much you trim matters – Do not cut your branches too short or leave them too long. In terms of the overall ratio, when you are finished trimming, the ratio of living crown to tree height should be roughly two-thirds.
  • Do not paint or tar cuts – This is an outdated, ineffective practice that does not provide any benefit.

How to properly trim trees:

  1. Before you begin cutting, you must locate the branch collar. This grows from the stem tissue, located at the branch's bottom base. Find the branch ridge (found on the upper surface) first.
  2. When you are ready to make the cut, do so outside the branch bark ridge. Stay away from the stem and keep your cut angled downwards. The key here is not damaging the branch collar. You can use this technique for pruning both living and dead branches.
  3. When stems are too long, you need to make an initial notch on the side of the stem that is facing away from the branch that you plan to keep intact. The second cut will be inside the crotch of the branch (just above the branch ridge), followed by the third cut – which will remove the stub as you cut parallel to the branch bark ridge.

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Tree Maintenance Tips

There are some keys ways that you can save money but taking good care of your trees. Routine maintenance can make all the difference. Annual trimming can help prevent disease or pest infestation, reducing long-term costs. When an issue does arise, take action immediately so that the problem does not worsen over time.

Also, don't forget to water your trees regularly. Once again, this will help ensure a healthy tree and in turn, fewer issues in the future. To preserve moisture around a tree's roots during the hotter months, mulch around the base.

Who do you call when a tree falls on power lines?

Call your township or utility company if a tree has fallen on power lines. Since this is a safety issue, this tree trimming job is often completed for free.

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Pruning vs. Trimming

What is tree pruning?

Pruning means that you selectively remove specific parts of a tree, including its roots, branches, or buds. The goal here is to keep a tree healthy by actively removing any diseased, damaged, or dead plant tissue. This process is often best completed by someone who can recognize which areas need to be addressed.

What is tree trimming?

In comparison, tree trimming is performed to improve the tree's aesthetics. If there are no issues in regards to pests, diseases, or hazards, you can successfully trim or remove branches to obtain a particular shape (or to remove branches that are in the way). Just remember, if you trim too much without any prior knowledge, you could negatively impact your tree. If your tree is large or you have multiple trees to trim, a professional is recommended.

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Selecting Your Tree Trimming Service

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggests getting quotes from three different tree trimmers. HomeGuide makes this part easy by instantly connecting you to nearby pros with excellent reviews. This will allow you to compare prices quickly and make an educated decision.

What to check for:

  • References & Reviews – A tree-trimming business should be able to provide references for three recent jobs, the BBB says. If the business hesitates, it’s probably wise not to hire that tree trimmer.
  • Licensing & Credentials – Ask for proof that a tree-trimming business is properly licensed to perform services in your area. Not all states require formal licensing, but city or county agencies might require it.
  • Verify Insurance Coverage – Inquire whether the company has the required insurance coverage, including a personal liability policy, a property damage liability and a workers’ compensation policy, the BBB recommends. If something goes wrong, a tree-trimming business that lacks insurance could lead to added expenses on your end.
  • Ask for a Contract – Never allow work to begin until you’ve got a signed contract that lists the start date, finish date, exact costs and work to be completed, the BBB warns. As always, read the fine print.
  • Payment Security – Will the work be done in stages? If so, you should stagger payments across those stages and not make a final payment until the job is finished, the BBB says. Also, don’t make a hefty deposit upfront.

Look out for red flags

According to the BBB, these are four of the warning signs that the tree-trimming business might be shady:

  1. A discount is given, but only if you sign a contract on the spot.
  2. Someone is going from door to door to offer tree-trimming services.
  3. Someone is demanding a decision be made right away.
  4. Cash is the only accepted method of payment.

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90,000 when and how can I cut the oak


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Oak is a majestic and magnificent tree, a symbol of solidity and durability. The ancient Roman scientist Pliny considered centuries-old oaks a wonder of the world and believed that they appeared simultaneously with the emergence of the universe.

In nature, you can see about 600 species of this plant, among which there are both evergreen and deciduous. Basically, these are trees 20-30 meters high, less often 50 meters. Some species are shrubs, among which there are very small ones, no higher than two or three meters. Oaks adapt well to different environmental conditions, some species can withstand frosts down to -60C. In Western Europe and central Russia, pedunculate oak is most common, and, for example, in North America, the species composition is more diverse.

The role of oak in landscaping

Most of them grow slowly, in addition to the main trunk there is a spreading crown, which is a heavy skeletal branches and many small branches covered with dense foliage. To maintain an aesthetic appearance, the crown of each oak must be cut. This, seemingly simple at first glance, must be done carefully so as not to spoil the landscape composition and not harm the plant.

Where natural conditions favor the growth of oak trees, there are quite a lot of them in forest parks and large parks. Separately growing trees, the tree looks wide, its trunk is not high, and the crown is spreading. Most often they are planted next to coniferous trees.

If this is a planting and a lot of trees are planted, then the oaks will be tall, straight and slender.

The role of pruning in the formation of the crown

Throughout the life of the plant, intensive growth of the main stem can be observed. Apical growth occurs much faster than lateral shoots, so oak belongs to plants with monopodial branching.

Regardless of the species, the ever-growing trunk of the plant will be strong and straight, but it may not be alone. A randomly growing crown will give the plant an untidy look, so it needs to be shaped, that is, to limit the growth of branches. To do this, oak branches need to be cut in a timely manner, they do it every two to three years, using different methods.

To slow upward growth, remove the apical bud (remove the tip of the shoot), shorten or cut out the branches or shoot. Some gardeners make the mistake of believing that it is enough to trim only the growth. Such a procedure will lead to the fact that the branching will be even more intense, which means that the thickening will increase. In order for the crown to look openwork, it is better to remove part of the growth, and sometimes entire branches, this should be done without sparing, since as a result it will be possible for sunlight to enter the crown.

Pruning of crowns of oaks of different types has a number of minor differences.

Austrian oak pruning

Austrian oak is a deciduous tree with a domed crown. Crown pruning is done while the plant is at rest. The best time for this is autumn - spring.

This procedure is carried out according to the requirements for stem trees, which must have a main trunk, the stem should be about 2.5 m high. In countries with short and cool summers, the apical shoot will not be characterized by accelerated growth, as a result, the plant will look like a bush.

The first three to five years, the trunk is cleared of the lower shoots, but the branches are shortened gradually, this will take 2-3 years. Pruning formed trees is to remove dead shoots, this should be done regularly. If you still have little experience in pruning, it is better to entrust this matter to professionals. In order to properly carry out anti-aging pruning and remove excess branches from the crown, knowledge and skill are needed.

Holm oak pruning

Holm oak is an unusually beautiful plant. It has a wide rounded dense crown and dark glossy leaves. The shape of the crown, especially in young trees, is different - both drooping and columnar, but, most often, an intermediate option. Young representatives of this species resemble a bush; over the years, the trunk becomes clearer. The tree needs regular shearing, planting such oak trees you can get a magnificent hedge, you can grow one tree, if you form a crown in a timely manner, it will be large from the middle to the end of summer.

Pruning requirements are the same as for stemless trees, the lower branches in the shade tend to fall off. The main shoot will not remain dominant for long, but you should not rush to remove the side ones, gradually they will take over the functions of the skeletal ones. In old oaks, the crown is asymmetric, but your attempts to restore harmony may be in vain, young shoots are unlikely to appear in empty places. Mature oaks are pruned only in emergency cases, for example, if the branch is broken by the wind, but it is better to entrust this to an experienced specialist.

Very often, out of ignorance, small, beautiful hanging branches are cut, this does not have the best effect on the appearance of the oak, therefore, it is necessary to make a decision on raising the crown only after consulting with a specialist.

Algorithm of actions

As we have already said, a neglected tree not only looks untidy, but can also become a hotbed for the spread of a dangerous infection that poses a threat to other trees. That's why it's so important to trim in a timely manner. With the right tool and knowledge of the algorithm of actions, you can easily cope with the task.

  1. Specify the type of oak and ask when is the best time to cut it. Pruning times can be adjusted to suit the weather conditions in your area.
  2. With a sharp instrument, make cuts on the lower parts of the branches at a distance of 30-60 cm from the main trunk.
  3. Make cuts on the upper parts of the branches 7-10 cm above the first ones. This will keep the bark intact.
  4. It is necessary to remove undeveloped, damaged and dry branches. Cut as close to the trunk as possible to minimize knots. The cut points are treated with sealants; black paint can be used as a sealant.

When do you start pruning?

The best time for this is the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but, as we have already noticed, different species have their own characteristics. In areas with a warm climate, where winters are not very cold, pruning is also done in winter, but the air temperature on this day should not be lower than -5C. If this requirement is not observed, then part of the bark and wood in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe cut may be frostbitten. No less careful should be pruned in the summer. Pruning should not be too intense.

Sanitary pruning

Mid-February or mid-April is the best time for sanitary pruning of oak trees. Cut off dry, unhealthy, damaged branches, and those that grow towards the center of the crown. You can also do this from July to August.

Beginner's advice

  • The chainsaw is most commonly used for pruning. Keep safety in mind, and if you are handling it for the first time, consult an experienced gardener on its use.
  • Do not cut thick old branches without the help of a professional or alone, there is a high risk of injury.
  • Oak is a tall tree, so experts do not recommend standing on the stairs while working, it is better, for reliability, to fix yourself to the trunk with seat belts.
  • If you consider pruning unnecessary, long branches will grow uncontrollably, they will show wounds from neighboring branches and knots rubbing against branches from gusts of wind. The wounds will develop an infection. What will affect the health of the tree is not the best way.
  • Take care of your own safety before starting work. Wear a hard hat or headgear that can protect your head. Any protective clothing with long sleeves is suitable - a work suit, overalls, a dressing gown and even a shirt.

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