Ornamental Tree Pruning

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The Greener Blade offers tree pruning services to the customers of the Twin Cities area. We are able to maintain both ornamental trees and larger, deciduous trees. The best time to prune trees is during the late fall or winter when they enter a dormant period. It is not reacommended to prune during the summer months because potentially harmful insects and diseases are present and could easily cause serious harm to a tree or even kill it.

Regular pruning is important to ensure quality growth of a tree. Proper pruning of the suckers and water sprouts on ornamental trees is vital to the longevity of the tree. Thinning and shaping the canopy of these trees is vital to allow airflow within them. This helps prevent “dead air” from being trapped within the canopy, which can causes disease and could promote insect populations to rise. Because ornamental trees, such as the Crabapple, are sensitive to summer’s hot and humid temperatures, dormant season pruning is essential.

Ornamental tree species that should be pruned during their dormancy include:

  • All Fruit Bearing trees
  • Chokecherry
  • Amur Maple
  • Birch
  • Japanese Tree Lilac
  • Serviceberry
  • Pagoda Dogwood
  • Hawthorn
  • Ginkgo

Large deciduous trees are pruned during their dormancy to raise the tree’s canopy.
These trees include, but are not limited to:

  • Oak
  • Willow
  • Maple
  • Spruce and Pine
  • Elm
  • Linden/Basswood
  • Ash