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4 Trees You Should Never Try to Prune on Your Own

Pruning is going to be absolutely vital to the health of your trees, but it is important to remember that a single mistake might result in permanent damage. Taking off the wrong limbs and branches could stunt a tree’s growth or prevent it from flowering for multiple years. Here is a quick look at four types of trees that you might not want to prune on your own.


Avocado Trees

Mature avocado trees are very hardy, but you need to be careful when these trees are younger. Improperly pruning a younger avocado tree could impact its fruit production for many years to come, and some of the cut branches might become infected. While you should be able to lightly prune your avocado tree on your own, you need to contact an arborist if you plan on a heavy pruning. An experienced arborist will be able to clean and trim the dead twigs without harming the main branches.

Palm Trees

Pruning a palm tree isn’t necessarily difficult, but certain palm species can grow to be very tall. For taller palm trees, you might need to use special tools and equipment such as a scissor or boom lift. Luckily, palm trees usually only need to be trimmed once a year, and the entire process can be completed in a very short period of time. You should call in a professional to trim your palm tree as soon as you notice that the branches are drooping or discolored.

Orange Trees

Many people are surprised to hear that most citrus trees never need to be pruned. You should only trim citrus trees if some of the branches are diseased or you would like to alter its appearance. When citrus trees are aggressively pruned, it will be difficult for them to self-pollinate, and new fruit might not grow for quite some time.

Cedar Trees

Cedar trees usually only have green leaves on the outer portion of the branches, and those nettles must be protected at all costs. If you cut off too many green leaves, then the entire tree will most likely die. That being said, dead branches and leaves near the interior of the tree can be cut away once or twice a year. The best time to prune a cedar tree is early spring when the tree is still dormant.

Before you prune any of the plants on your property, you must spend some time identifying and researching each individual species. Every type of tree has its own unique needs, and you want to be sure that you are properly caring for each plant.



Author:  Anica Oaks – Freelance writer and web enthusiast from California

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