Professional Brisbane arborists recognise that formative pruning is sometimes required to help a tree grow into a balanced shape with a strong single trunk and a canopy of healthy branches. It is often carried out to ensure that branches grow above a certain height, to create an aesthetically pleasing tree or to encourage heavy cropping of fruit trees.
When is formative pruning performed?
Formative pruning is usually commenced on trees that are least one year old and sometimes at least three years old or more and can take up to four or five years to complete. It is best to prune evergreen trees or fruit trees when they start to grow each year in the spring and deciduous trees during winter.
It is always good for arborists in Brisbane to know the reasons for the formative pruning, because this can alter the height at which you want the first branches to grow. For example, if you want machinery or vehicles to pass easily underneath the branches, then the trunk will need to be a certain height before branches are allowed to grow.
Pruning trees like this needs to be performed by a qualified arborist in Brisbane, because the tree needs to be kept structurally safe and healthy. Another good reason to engage a Brisbane arborist is because you want a number of trees to all look the same, which takes skill and a certain amount of creative talent to accomplish.