What’s New on WordPress.com: Tools to Make Designing Your Site Easier Than Ever


Our newest features are largely design-focused, giving you the confidence to explore a variety of styles and then easily apply them across your entire site. 

At WordPress.com, we’re always adding features and pushing our blocks and Site Editor to do more so that you can create, design, and publish amazing things with ease. Our newest features are largely design-focused, giving you the confidence to explore a variety of styles and then easily apply them across your entire site. 

Let’s jump in and see what’s new. 

Browse Mode: An easier way to navigate the Site Editor 

Browse Mode allows you to easily explore, navigate, and edit your site’s templates and template parts, including adding new templates right from this interface. To play around with Browse Mode, simply click your site’s icon from the Site Editor. 

When to use this feature: You want to see how all the pieces of your site fit together — and to jump between your templates and template parts for easy editing.  

Clearer access to your advanced block settings

With more powerful blocks comes the need for easier, more intuitive access to advanced settings for those blocks. To that end, we’ve split block settings into two tabs within the sidebar. On the left side, you’ll find standard customization options like color, typography, and spacing. On the right side, you’ll find more advanced options, like layouts, custom CSS, and a button to apply changes across your entire site (more on that below).  

When to use this feature: You’re working on your navigation menu and need more customization than just color or typography options. Go over to advanced settings to change the orientation of the menu from horizontal to vertical — among other things! 

Preview style options with the Style Book 

A number of themes, including staff favorite Twenty Twenty Three, now come with styles, which change the look and feel of your site — color, spacing, etc. — within the overarching design aesthetic of the theme. 

With the newly launched Style Book, you can now see how various styles affect different blocks. You’re able to preview colors, typography, embeddable media, and more. 

When to use this feature: You’re curious about switching up the colors or typography on your site, but you want to know what it’ll look like, especially within specific blocks, before committing. 

Apply design changes across your entire site  

When working and designing in the Site Editor, it’s easy to find yourself having created a certain style that you really like and want emulated across your entire site. With our new “Apply globally” button, you can do just that. 

When to use this feature: You’ve spent some time styling a heading (or other block) on your homepage or a page template, and you want that look to carry over across all the headings (or whichever block you’re working with) on your site. 

In Case You Missed It 

In the midst of holiday season business, you may have missed some of our other recent and exciting updates:  

Boost your traffic with Blaze

Learn how to turn your posts and pages content into clean, compelling ads that run across millions of sites on WordPress.com and Tumblr.

Explore new themes   

We introduced five beautiful new designs in January, including our new default theme, Twenty Twenty Three. 

Grab yourself a .link domain 

A .link domain name and Link in Bio page supercharges your social media by giving you a place to host all of your links.

Insert chapter breaks on your videos 

Chapter breaks offer a quick, convenient way for viewers to navigate longer videos or see the outline of a video’s content at a glance. 

Share your work-in-progress website

With Site Previews, you can generate a unique link for your in-progress Business or eCommerce site that allows your team or clients to access and explore the site without needing to log in. 


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How to Find a Good Tree Service


If you are in need of tree service, you might be wondering how to find the right company to do the job. Here are some tips to help you in making the right decision.

Avoid paying a tree service company until the job is done

When it comes to hiring a tree service, there are a few things to consider. If you are not careful, you may end up with a company that is not up to the task. These companies have been known to disappear without completing the job.

It’s best to avoid the temptation to pay a tree service company up front. In fact, if a company is offering to do the work for you, you should request a quote first. This will allow you to compare the various services that they offer.

One of the best ways to make sure you’re not overpaying is to ask a tree service company for a detailed quote. This will not only help you to compare prices, but will also let you know what types of services you can expect to get.

Get rid of pests

Keeping your trees healthy is vital. This is because they need sunlight, water and nutrients to grow. However, insects and other pests can cause significant damage. If you notice signs of pests in your tree, don’t hesitate to call a professional for help. A qualified arborist can help you develop a sound, preventive tree care routine.

Pests in the form of weevils and borers can also negatively affect your trees. These pests suck out the liquid from leaves, blocking the flow of moisture and causing extensive damage. The sticky substance is called honeydew and can completely defoliate a tree.

It is important to identify which pest is attacking your tree before making a decision on how to deal with it. Depending on the type of pest, there are several methods for getting rid of them.

Treat diseases

There are a number of diseases that can damage the health of your trees. Having a professional tree service treat diseases can help you protect the health of your property and your trees.

Trees are a valuable part of your landscape. They provide shade, block UV rays, and clean the air. While they are a vital component of your home, they can also be dangerous. When a disease occurs on a tree, it can threaten the safety of your home and cause property damage. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for common tree diseases.

Many of the infections are caused by fungi and bacteria. These pathogens can be treated with fungicide sprays, bacterial products, and trunk injections. The best time to apply a fungicide is in the early spring, when new growth is emerging. However, if the disease has been in your yard for some time, you may need to wait until the following season to apply it.

Trim leaves regularly

One of the best ways to ensure the longevity of your tree is to trim it properly. A proper trim can help prevent disease and insect infestations. Additionally, it can improve the appearance of the tree. This can result in greater property value. Trees should be trimmed at least once per year. Most trees can be trimmed between the months of late fall and early winter. Some trees may need to be trimmed following storms.

The most important thing to remember is to not trim your trees during harsh weather conditions. Trimming too frequently or improperly can actually worsen the health of your tree.

A good rule of thumb is to trim the branches that are crossing one another. Doing so will not only keep your property looking neat and tidy, but it will also strengthen the branches that produce fruit.

Prevent damage to property

If you own a property with trees, it’s a good idea to take proactive steps to prevent damage to your property. Trees are beautiful additions to a home’s landscape, and can add curb appeal to the property. They also help lower the area’s temperatures and provide a safe haven for wildlife.

Although the most obvious danger to people from trees is falling branches, trees can also cause damage to other structures. Damage to a roof or a house can be expensive to repair. Also, tree wounds can be a source of disease and infestation. You should inspect your property regularly for these hazards.

There are many practical ways to prevent tree damage. One is to trim a tree’s branches. This will keep them away from your house and power lines. When trimming, you should remove any weak or damaged branches.

Write a job description

If you are going to write a tree service related job description, you should not only list the top notch, but also include a few low hanging fruits. This will ensure that you are not left in the dust when the big time emoji arrives. In addition, you will be in the right frame of mind, and ready to go on the job.

There are several reasons why you should consider a career in tree care and maintenance. One, you will be able to work with the good folks in the forest, and two, you will have the added bonus of getting to know them well. The tree care industry is also a great place to develop your networking skills, and there are many reputable firms to choose from.

What You Need to Know About Tree Removal


Whether you are removing a tree from your property for your safety or to make it more usable, you need to know the proper ways to do it. These include the right permits, the right equipment, and the best practices.

Costs are based on tree species

Tree removal costs vary depending on the tree species, size, and location. Generally, small trees are cheaper to remove than large ones. They have shorter trunks and require less labor. On the other hand, removing a large oak tree can be a challenge.

If you want to get an estimate on the cost of tree removal, you should ask a reputable company about the health of your trees. It can be dangerous to have a sick or dying tree near your property. You may also be subject to fines if you fail to maintain a healthy tree.

Large and sick trees can cost more to remove. In addition, you might need to invest in additional equipment to safely take down a dead tree.

Prices can vary by state and city. For example, removing a large oak tree can cost more in the Seattle area than in rural areas. Some states require permits to be obtained before a tree is cut down.

Safety precautions when limbing a tree

Using proper limbing techniques will go a long way to minimizing the damage done to trees. Fortunately, MU Extension has put together a list of best practices that anyone can follow. For example, the oh-so-common mistake of using a saw to cut a limb will be avoided with proper safety equipment. This includes proper safety gloves and a harness to keep your hands and back safe.

Another key to reducing the damage to a tree is to maintain a limbing distance. By keeping a few extra feet between you and the tree, you are better positioned to avert an accidental collision.

One of the best ways to do this is to erect an aerial device. An aerial device allows you to see above the tree canopy and is a useful if you have a large tree to trim.

It is also prudent to use caution near overhead power lines. If you do plan to operate a chainsaw or other power tool, be sure to check the battery.

Repurposing fallen trees into firewood

Whether you have a tree in your yard or have recently had it cut down, there are many creative ways you can reuse the wood. Using it for firewood, landscaping or crafting are just a few of the possible uses.

If you are considering using fallen trees as firewood, the best way to go about it is to find out whether or not the tree is healthy and not damaged by insects or diseases. This will ensure that you are not throwing away anything that is still useful.

Another way to reuse fallen trees is to turn the wood into mulch. The scattered pieces can be used to provide kindling or compost for your garden.

One of the best uses for a fallen tree is to build a habitat for animals and plants. You can use the log sections to create a shady, dry place for many species.

Other ideas include a garden furniture set or a potting arrangement. Place the wood in a planter and fill it with soil.

Permit requirements

If you are planning to make a change to your home, including removing a tree or a tree stump, you need to understand the permit requirements for tree removal. The regulations for tree removal were created by the City to provide a uniform system for removing trees. They are designed to prevent harm to people, pets and property, and also to maintain the health and beauty of our natural landscape. In addition, these regulations are designed to protect the community and its residents by ensuring that any work is done in a safe and timely manner.

It is important to follow the right steps before and after you perform a tree removal, especially if you have to work near power lines. Wear protective gear, avoid metal tools that conduct electricity, and use wooden ladders or poles to access the tree. Also, take special care to check the area after your work is completed.

Tree Lopping – Common Mistakes to Avoid


Lopping your tree is a great way to remove dead or dying leaves. But there are some common mistakes that you should avoid. Some of these include bark splitting, cankers and unintended consequences.

Common mistakes to avoid

Tree lopping can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are a few tidbits to help guide you through the process. Besides, you can always have the professionals do it for you. A little maintenance goes a long way, especially in the winter months.

For starters, you should always protect the tree in question. This will prevent unnecessary damage. To the untrained eye, a branch may appear to be the same as a trunk in a forest, but a close examination of the bark will reveal a different story.

Another tidbit to keep in mind is that branches should be cut at weak v-shaped angles. The result is a much stronger and healthier tree.

Cankers

Cankers are caused by diseases that attack tree bark and wood. The disease pathogens can enter through wounds, broken branches, or damaged bark. Once they have contaminated the vascular system, they can cause dieback and branch dieback. They may also cut off the water supply to the upper parts of the tree.

Most canker diseases are fungal infections that are caused by bacteria or fungi. Some types of canker infections are easier to diagnose than others.

If you are worried about a canker on your tree, you can take steps to prevent it. This includes proper pruning, feeding, and watering. You can also call an ISA certified arborist for a professional evaluation of your tree.

Bark splitting

Bark splitting is a phenomenon that can affect any type of tree. It can occur on branches or trunks, but it is most commonly seen on thin bark trees.

Bark splits occur due to a variety of environmental factors. In particular, cold weather and sudden temperature changes can cause this kind of damage.

The best way to avoid this kind of tree damage is to keep your tree well-trimmed. If you live in an area where the temperature is consistently cold, you should consider insulating your tree with reflective white paper. This will allow your tree to maintain its temperature in the winter and prevent sunscald in the summer.

Sunburn

The first thing to know is that there is a difference between sunburn and sunscald. Sunscald is an injury to bark, usually of young trees. It results in browning of the internal trunk tissue.

Sunscald is most common on the southwest side of a tree. This is because the trunk and leaf tissue can become 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature.

When a new tree is planted, the trunk is often exposed to too much sunlight. In the summer, too many leaves may be removed or a young tree may be pruned hard, exposing it to a lot of direct sunshine.

A good way to avoid sunburn is to apply mulch around the base of the tree. This will maintain moisture and prevent soil saturation. You can also add wood shavings to protect root growth.

Decay spreading faster

A tree will respond to wounds in two ways: it will form a boundary to prevent the spread of infection and it will grow new healthy tissue to compensate for the damage. This boundary is called compartmentalization.

The primary defense against decay is compartmentalization. By creating a boundary around the damaged portion of the wood, the tree keeps the decay organisms out. It also discourages the fungi from spreading.

Decay occurs in three main types. They include soft rot, white rot, and brown rot. Each of these is more damaging than the other.

Wood is decomposed by fungi and bacteria. As the fungi invade the wood, it breaks down the cellulose and lignin, which are responsible for its strength and stiffness. Fungi and bacteria also attack hemicellulose, which is responsible for the brown color of the wood.

Welcome Gumroad Merchants: An Easy Path Over to WordPress.com


If the recent Gumroad price change announcement has you considering a migration from Gumroad to WooCommerce, we’re here to welcome you with open arms. Changing eCommerce platforms may seem like a big hurdle to overcome, but we have an expert team in place to help you migrate your Gumroad store to the WordPress.com eCommerce Plan with WooCommerce.

With lower fees and transparent pricing, you’ll improve your margins and expand your earning potential. 

We’ve also created a tailored migration guide to walk merchants through importing from Gumroad to WooCommerce. This step-by-step process requires no technical expertise and will enable you to seamlessly transition your store.

When the import is complete, you’ll have a ready-to-go site with your content preloaded. Your customers will never know the difference. 

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An Easier Way to Share Progress on Your Website


We’re excited to announce Site Preview Links, a feature that will let you easily share a “Coming Soon” Business or eCommerce site.

Do you build sites for others? Have you ever struggled to coordinate and manage access to in-progress projects? How often do you have to help clients reset their passwords? We feel your pain, and we’re excited to announce Site Preview Links, a feature that will let you easily share a “Coming Soon” Business or eCommerce site.

Use Site Preview Links to Share Your Work

With Site Preview Links, you can generate a unique preview link for your in-progress Business or eCommerce site, allowing your team or clients to access the Coming Soon site without having to log in. This way, you can easily show off your work-in-progress and get feedback from your stakeholders without having to resend invites, update user roles, or reset passwords.

You can create and access the preview link directly from the Sites page:

You can then share the link with your team or client. When they access the preview link, they’ll bypass the Coming Soon screen and be able to view your site.

Site Preview Links is an easy-to-use feature that will save you time and hassle. It’s perfect for anyone who builds websites for others, whether you are an agency with a growing client roster, a contractor with just a handful of projects, or simply someone who knows a lot of people who need websites.

How Site Preview Links Work

WordPress.com uses a secure HMAC hashing algorithm to generate Preview Link that is unique across all sites. The possible number of unique hashes is 2256, which heavily exceeds the number of grains of sand in the world!

Users who access your site using the shared preview link can continue navigating through the site, as WordPress.com uses a browser cookie to preserve the link value for the user’s session.

The link won’t expire, but you can disable it anytime. Users who already have access to your site using the preview link won’t be able to access the site anymore once you disable the link.

If you change your mind, you can always enable the link again, and we will generate a new, unique, ready-to-share URL.

If you need help with Preview Links, check out our more detailed guide.

Build Your Next Site on WordPress.com

Try Preview Links today and see how it can help you save time and make your life easier. Your clients will be impressed with the convenience, and you’ll be able to get their feedback faster.

Preview Links are just one of the reasons WordPress.com is the best managed WordPress hosting on the planet alongside other features we released this year: the Sites page, SSH access, SSH keys, and our data center picker. If you are interested in more details, you can follow our Developer Blog.

What other feature would you find valuable? How could we make WordPress.com an even more powerful place to build a website? Feel free to leave a comment or submit your ideas in our short feature request form.


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The Benefits of Hiring Tree Pruning Professionals


When it comes to pruning your trees, you can’t really go wrong with using the services of the best tree pruning professionals. They’re able to perform the kind of pruning that you need at the right time, which is crucial to keeping your trees healthy and strong. Plus, they can make sure that they’re able to keep your home safe and protected from any type of damage that might come from a tree fall.

Performing the right kind of pruning at the right time

The purpose of pruning a tree is to improve the overall health of the plant. This includes removal of dead, diseased and damaged branches and limbs, as well as pruning branches and other parts of the plant to maintain its shape and appearance.

Proper pruning is a scientific approach to pruning that is based on the scientific principles of plant physiology. The right kind of pruning can increase a tree’s flower production, fruit production and other attributes.

The best time to prune a tree is during the dormancy of late winter through early spring. This is also the ideal time to remove dead and diseased wood.

During dormancy, diseases are less active and insects are fewer. However, this is not the only time when plants are dormant.

The right time to prune is determined by the type of plant, the growth pattern and the time of year. Aside from the obvious, some other factors to consider include the weather, the climate and the overall health of the plant.

Protecting your home from damage

The first and best way to protect your home is to prevent tree damage from happening in the first place. By pruning the right trees you can minimize or even eliminate your risk of falling branches and other tree related disasters. Similarly, hiring an expert tree service is a smart move. A professional can assess your trees, determine the most effective approach and ensure your trees survive.

Aside from providing shade and a bit of curb appeal, they can also provide a useful function. One is that they can add some much needed privacy. Similarly, they can reduce the overall temperature in the area and even improve your property value.

If you have a large tree near your house, the biggest risk is having a fallen branch strike your roof. If a wind storm hits, you could end up with a massive bill for the repair. Aside from that, damaged trees can cause major damage to your home’s structure.

Preventing insect pests

Insect pests are a major factor in reducing the health of a tree. Some insects can cause stunting, dieback and even death of a tree. The best way to protect your tree is to keep an eye out for signs of infestation.

When your tree has a large infestation, you can expect to see yellowing of the leaves, wilting, and disruption of the new growth. The root system may also be affected. Some insects are resistant to chemical treatments, but there are still some types that can be difficult to control.

Long-horned beetles are particularly damaging to stressed trees. They feed on older needles and weaken the tree. You can reduce their population by cutting down dead limbs. If you live in an area where long-horned beetles are a problem, you can also hire a tree care company to help.

The larvae of this tree insect are cream-colored, legless and create deep feeding tunnels under the bark. Their feeding can cause branch dieback and yellowing of the foliage.

Things to Consider Before Deciding on Tree Removal


If you are looking for tree removal, there are a number of things to consider before deciding on the service you need. Some of these include a need for insurance, damage caused by the emerald ash borer, and leaning in a dangerous direction.

Stump removal

Stump removal is a process that helps to clear your yard. It allows you to save time and energy by exposing the roots of your trees.

The removal of tree stumps is important because it can be an eyesore and pose a threat to the safety of your family. Decayed stumps may harbor pests, fungi, and disease. They can also damage your appliances.

Stump removal can be a tricky and labor-intensive job. It requires the use of a variety of tools. It is best to hire a professional who has experience and equipment.

To start, you will need to drill holes into the stump. Then, you will fill them with water and nitrogen. This will accelerate the decaying process and weaken the stump. It should take four to six weeks before the stump rots completely.

Leaning in a dangerous direction

If your tree is leaning in a dangerous direction, you might want to remove it. Whether you’re removing the tree yourself or contacting a professional, you’ll need to determine the right course of action.

To cut down a tree in a safe and proper manner, you’ll need to consider the following factors. First, you’ll need to make sure that the roots are intact. This is because the roots will help stabilize the tree and provide nutrients. If the roots are rotting, they’ll no longer be able to grip the soil and keep the tree stable.

Next, you’ll need to consider the size of the tree. If it’s a large one, it may be expensive to remove. The cost will depend on the size of the tree and the obstructions it poses.

Blocking your views

While it is true that your neighbors are vying for your attention, you might not want to lose your cool over the latest tree trimming and pruning procedure. There are actually several legal avenues available to you, depending on the situation. You might be able to ask for a court order to have your neighbor trim their trees.

Most likely you’ll need to negotiate with your neighbor in the first place. If you can’t, consider using a landscaper or gardener to get the job done right the first time around. While this may sound like an inconvenience, it can save you a lot of headaches down the road. It’s also a great way to show off your green thumb. After all, a well cared for lawn will attract more visitors in the long run.

Damage from emerald ash borer disease

Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive pest that attacks ash trees. The larvae of the EAB disrupt the flow of water and nutrients to the tree and cause branch dieback and canopy thinning. The adult emerald ash borer leaves distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the bark.

Although this insect can cause considerable damage to ash trees, it is not a common occurrence. If a tree is infested, it will probably die within two to four years. If you’re not sure if your tree is infested, it’s best to contact your local Department of Agriculture or a pest management professional for a proper diagnosis.

The adult emerald ash borer is about half an inch long. It is metallic green in color and has a coppery red or purple abdomen. It is found on ash trees throughout North America.

Insurance for tree-removal jobs

If you are looking to hire a tree service company, you may want to ask for proof of insurance before you sign on the dotted line. This is because you might be surprised to find out that your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover the task.

For the real deal, the cost can run into the thousands of dollars, depending on the size and age of the tree. A small tree will typically fetch between $70 and $250, while a large one can cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. While you are at it, make sure that you don’t pay in full until the job is done. You may be liable for any accidents that occur while you are on your property.

Luckily, there are plenty of tree services to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. As such, you should do some research to ensure that you hire a qualified arborist. This is especially true if you have a large tree growing in close proximity to your home. The aforementioned trees are more susceptible to damage than ones that are further away, so take precautions before you call in the pros.

Factors to Consider Before Tree Pruning


Tree pruning is a great way to protect your trees and landscapes from wind and hail damage. It also helps prevent the spread of diseases and pests. However, there are certain factors that you need to consider before pruning a tree.

Heading cuts

Among the many methods of tree pruning, one of the most common is the heading cut. The heading cut is made at an angle that is slightly downwards from the retained bud. The effect of the heading cut is to stimulate growth on the top three to five buds on the branch. The cut is also useful in inducing new shoots to form on the stem.

Heading cuts are generally used on branches that are young and small. Larger branches, such as those of pear trees, should only be pruned with wood that is at least a year old. This reduces the risk of the terminal bud breaking.

The best time to make a heading cut is early in the season, usually in early spring. The cut should be made with an angle of at least 45 degrees to the branch bark ridge.

Thinning cuts

Thinning cuts are one of the most important tools for maintaining a woody plant’s natural shape. They eliminate dead, diseased and problem branches, and direct the growth of new shoots. This technique also improves air circulation and helps enhance light penetration throughout the canopy.

There are three ways to remove branches from a tree. The first is to remove the terminal leader. The second is to re-leader a branch, and the third is to strip the interior.

To re-leader a branch, make a cut about one-third of the way up the branch. Then, tie the lateral branch into a vertical position. This prevents the limb from splitting.

In contrast to re-leadering, thinning cuts remove a whole branch at the origin. This can be done in the spring or late summer.

Crown reduction

Crown reduction is a pruning technique that is used to control the size of the tree canopy. It also improves the basic appeal of a tree. It promotes faster healing and correct regrowth.

When a tree grows large, it places a lot of stress on its branches. This can cause them to crack or decay. In addition, the limbs may not be able to carry enough water or nutrients. It can also cause the tree to be susceptible to damage from storms.

One common reason to do crown reduction is to protect the tree from damage caused by strong winds. If the wind is too strong, the limbs may break off and fall to the ground. This is dangerous for people and property.

Another common reason for crown reduction is to increase the amount of sunlight a tree receives. A properly trimmed tree can improve the tree’s health by reducing moisture in the trunk.

Structural pruning

Structural pruning of trees is a key part of keeping your landscape healthy. It removes dead and diseased branches, reduces competition, and encourages new growth.

It is a good idea to invest in a professional tree care expert to ensure the best results. An ISA certified arborist can provide an accurate diagnosis and help you determine your structural pruning needs.

It is important to perform structural pruning of large mature trees. This minimizes the risk of branch failure and prevents total tree failure. The objective is to keep the tree healthy and to reduce human safety risks.

Urban trees often display unwanted characteristics at an early age. These may include a large central stem, codominant stems with inclusions, or a poor crown structure. If you have a tree with one or more of these traits, it is essential to prune it to improve the overall structure of the canopy and increase the growth of the trunk.

Avoiding active transmission periods

When tree pruning is performed for electrical utility purposes, it should be done in order to prevent wires from contacting the trunk. This helps avoid injury to people and damage to electrical lines. However, if a cut is made, it should be sealed in order to reduce decay and infection.

A good ANSI A300 Part 1 standard can provide some guidance on what parts of the tree should be removed during pruning. It also lists terms that are commonly used to describe the work being performed. These include reduction cuts, drop crotching, and selective heading.

Reduction cuts are used to shorten branches that have weak attachment. When pruning, these cuts should be no larger than 3-5 inches in diameter, depending on the compartmentalizer of the branch.

Types of Tree Pruning


Having a tree pruned can save your home from disasters, and there are a number of different types of pruning to choose from. The crown of the tree can be cleaned and raised, or trimmed to thin the branches and reduce the size of the tree. The topping can be removed, and there are also alternative topping options that can be used.

Thinning the crown

During crown thinning, a tree is pruned by removing selected branches. The goal is to maintain the tree’s structure while increasing the amount of light that can penetrate the tree. The procedure is performed for a variety of reasons, but usually involves the removal of secondary or inferior branches.

When done properly, crown thinning can improve the appearance of a tree. It can also make the tree more durable against storms. The process can be a complicated one, and requires the assistance of a qualified arborist.

During the thinning process, all dead and diseased wood should be removed. The material should be removed systematically, but not exceeding the percent specified. The result should be a healthy, well-shaped tree.

The practice of thinning can be applied to both large and small trees. It is a complex process, and is often used for fruit trees.

Crown raising

Whether you need to remove dead or dying branches or regulate the size of your tree, crown raising can be an effective and efficient way to get the job done. This practice can help ensure the health of your tree, while also enhancing the aesthetics of your yard.

A certified arborist should be able to perform this process. It is essential that the cuts are carried out correctly to avoid causing damage to the remaining section of the tree.

The main objective of the crown raising is to raise the tree canopy above ground level to provide better clearance for pedestrians and vehicles. It can also promote new growth during the spring season.

The removal of low hanging branches may also be necessary for a variety of reasons. For example, you may want to clear a path or make signs visible.

Crown reduction

During the tree pruning process, a branch can fail. This can pose a safety hazard to people and property. Crown reduction is an effective way to reduce the number of branches that fail. It also helps maintain the health of large mature trees.

Crown reduction is a form of selective pruning. It involves the removal of limbs that are dead, diseased or haphazardly growing. The main purpose of this procedure is to restore the shape of the tree. It may be performed in spring or winter.

If the tree is protected, it may require a Crown reduction order from the local council. This order can only be issued by a council when there is no other option. Whether the tree is protected or not, it can still be pruned. This type of pruning requires professional expertise.

Crown cleaning

Performing crown cleaning after tree pruning helps to keep your tree healthy. The process involves removing dead, diseased, or crowded branches. It also prevents decay and the spread of disease and insects.

When trees get too big, they tend to look messy and crowded. This is why it is important to prune them, especially when it comes to their crowns. This will make them look neat and attractive.

If you have a large tree, you might have noticed that the top limbs are falling off. These branches can be a safety hazard as they could fall on your home or vehicle. These dead limbs are also a place for pests to thrive.

A lot of homeowners have contradictory ideas on the importance of removing dead branches. While they may be beneficial for some species of trees, it is not always necessary.

Alternatives to topping

Using alternatives to topping when tree pruning can save your property. However, it also requires a skilled hand and usually costs more. You will want to hire a certified arborist for the job. The expense can be significant, especially if you’re on a budget. You’ll want to have a professional list of references before you start.

Many people mistakenly think that they can control the height of their tree by topping it. However, this method destroys the natural shape of the tree. When a tree is topped, the resulting stubs invite disease and decay. It can also increase storm damage.

In addition, removing the leafy crown of the tree exposes the bark tissue to sunscald. This can cause rot and even death. It will also reduce the amount of sugars that the tree can manufacture through photosynthesis, which can lead to decline and disease.