Make an Appointment | Access Your Account | View Our Locations   Become a fan of Bartlett Tree Experts on FacebookFollow Bartlett Tree Experts on Twitter

Bartlett Tree Experts

Share This

Click on an icon below to share this page.


Subscribe to our Feed

Subscribe to our feed.Stay up to date with all of our tree care tips by subscribing to our data feed of useful Tree Care Tips.

New to feeds? Find out more about subscribing to feeds.

Young Tree Pruning

Most structural defects that occur in older trees can be prevented by pruning when the tree is young.  This practice can extend the life of the tree and help property owners avoid the need for more expensive practices later on.  Structural pruning of young, developing trees provides a desirable and stable form at maturity and is one of the best investments that consumers can make in their landscape.

When trees are young, they grow rapidly.  Frequent assessment is recommended to determine when pruning is needed to maintain a desirable structure and correct any deficiencies.  On many species, pruning is needed every two to three years for the first ten to fifteen years after planting. 

Structural pruning focuses on maintaining a single, dominant stem unless multiple stems are specifically desired as is the case in species such as birch or crape myrtle. Branches are pruned so their size remains proportional to the stem diameter at their point of attachment.  As trees grow, some branches are removed to ensure adequate spacing between permanent scaffold limbs.  The shape of the tree is maintained to provide a natural, open-grown form typical of the species.


Site Map | Privacy Policy | Media Room | Product Labels | Contact Us | ©2016 The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company
1-877-BARTLETT (1-877-227-8538) | Current Region:Current Region: United States: Northeast/Mid-Atlantic (click to change)United States: Northeast/Mid-Atlantic [ Change region ]