Formative pruning

Formative pruningFormative Pruning is an Arboricultural practice that involves selective removal of parts of a tree, such as roots, buds, branches and limbs. Reasons to Formative Prune trees, can include removing deadwood and major deadwood, shaping to control or direct growth, improving or maintaining health, reducing risk of branches or limbs failing, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of blooms and fruits. The practice of Formative Pruning entails targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape trees. Specialised pruning practices may be applied to certain plants, such as roses, fruit trees or grapevines. Our Tree Focus Arborists use various specialised tools designed for Formative Pruning, such as secateurs, handsaws, hand pruners, loppers, or chainsaws. In general, the smaller the branch cut, the easier it is for a woody plant or tree to compartmentalise or heal the wound limiting the potential for pathogen intrusion and decay to enter the tree and work it's way through the tree. It is therefore preferable to make any necessary structural formative pruning cuts to young trees, when possible, rather than removing large, poorly located branches from mature trees. Please ask our friendly Arborists at Tree Focus Ltd about Formative Pruning.

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About Us

Stuart Watson is the owner and leads the friendly and skilled Albany, North Shore based Tree Focus Ltd Arborist team he established in 2008.