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FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION BEFORE REJUVENATION PRUNING

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Rejuvenation pruning is the removal of overgrown, old or dead limbs from a tree with an aim of allowing the plant to grow vigorous and new branches again. This type of pruning is done through two main processes. The first process is where the tree is hard pruned. This involves cutting the tree off to up to 12 inches above the ground level. This allows the tree to grow again from the ground. The other way is to prune the tree gradually allowing the tree branches to rejuvenate. Before this process is done there are key factors that should be considered. These are the factors that will ensure that the process of rejuvenating pruning is successful. The following are important factors that needs to be considered.

  • Types of Trees that can be Rejuvenated

Not all the trees can regrow again when they are pruned. Therefore, it’s important to know the kind of the tree that is pruned. Know whether the tree can rejuvenate. The following are top species of trees that can regrow when they are pruned.

  • Broadleaved evergreens. Trees such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and peris rejuvenate well when pruned. These types of trees should only be pruned when they are in good health and not any other time.
  • Deciduous shrubs. This is another category of tree that can be pruned and rejuvenate well. The requirement is that the tree should be in good health.
  • Evergreens. Most evergreen trees respond well to pruning. Only the needled evergreen trees which normally don’t rejuvenate easily when pruned.
  • Ability of the Tree to Stay Healthy After Pruning

The ability of a tree to respond well to this kind of service depends entirely on the cultural care. This include the care of the tree before and after pruning. When you plan to do rejuvenation pruning it’s important to ensure you fertilize the tree the season before pruning. Alternatively, you can fertilize after pruning. After pruning ensure the tree has sufficient water for maximum performance. Mulching and follow up after pruning is essential to give the tree the best regrow.

  • Impact on the Aesthetic and Health of the Tree

Once the pruning is done recovery may take several years. This is especially for a grown tree. Therefore, when pruning for rejuvenation ensure the tree is health. Ensure the tree won’t dry up. This is why the tree should be well-taken care before the pruning is undertaken.

  • Timing.

This is an important factor to consider. Rejuvenation pruning should only be done early before the growth has started. This is usually best during early spring.

For effective rejuvenation, pruning should be done during the seasons the tree is dormant. A follow up should, therefore, follow after the pruning is done. If you do not have experience in this kind of pruning is advisable not to attempt it. Consult with the tree service experts early enough. The tree experts will give appropriate advice on the best timing. They also ensure they help you care for the tree before and after pruning.

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