Once again it is December and pruning time for our trees and shrubs has arrived. The major questions are, when to prune (next two months), how to prune (oak trees that look like broccoli are a no no) and knowing when to stop (see broccoli). Shape of the plant and the seven-foot rule are some of the top reasons for pruning. The seven foot rule (in case you’re wondering) is the minimum height above the ground for the lower branches of a tree. Once again I (along with Neal, Howard and countless others) urge everyone, do not top the Crape Myrtles. Pruning plants to avoid damage to my house is on the top of the list. This is the only case when a healthy Crape Myrtle should be pruned. Click here for more Crape Myrtle pruning tips.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, then get after it and be careful. Click here for proper pruning techniques that may help in your endeavor. I gave up climbing trees with sharp tools and running chainsaws years ago. Before hiring a tree trimming company, please check them out first. If you pick the best, that’s what you’ll get. As a general rule I don’t plug companies, but the guys at Advance Tree Care have always done a sensational job at my house. And don’t forget Arborilogical Services, they are another company with phenomenal