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Jennifer Ray
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Michael came out to evaluate some trees I had with a questionable fungus on them, and ultimately the course of action was removal for a select few. He got me an estimate for the removal within a matter of days. They had the most competitive prices out of the other estimates I got. Michael is a very knowledgeable Arborist and you can tell he is passionate about his work. He wasn't pushy at all about the removal like some of the other companies I had come out, and he advised me on doing it in "phases" to fit my budget. The actual tree removal and stump grinding itself was so smooth and all the workers that came with the crane and stump service were very professional and communicative about what the process was going to be.

Michael Helms
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I began using Driscoll Tree Service back in 2021 and was so impressed with their knowledge and quality of work, I have only hired Driscoll Tree Service since!  Just a few weeks ago, my large oak tree needed a trim and once again it was a great job!!

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How to Prune Fruit Trees

Trees are an excellent addition to any landscape. We get a lot of benefits from trees, especially fruit trees. Every homeowner with an orchard wants to enjoy the fruits from their trees, but first, it is essential to take good care of them. While property owners may consider DIY maintenance without the knowledge and experience required, you risk compromising the health and productivity of your fruit trees. Driscoll Tree Service leverages proven strategies and innovative equipment to provide top-quality care and maintenance. Here’s a guide to help you prune your trees to optimize yields and results.

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Shaping

The natural shape of a fruit tree is only sometimes ideal for optimal production, and ignoring the problem worsens the issue. Our tree care company can help you shape your trees early, improving balance from the root system to the top. While shaping may seem like an aesthetic measure, it ensures fruit trees take a desired shape without compromising productivity and durability.

Stimulation

When a tree is cut back, it stimulates robust growth from the remaining buds. We recommend pruning after one growing season to boost growth. A reputable tree service is equipped and trained to handle pruning with the utmost professionalism, minimizing damage caused by DIY tree maintenance projects. When done right, your trees will appear more significant than others of the same age and haven’t been pruned.

Survival

Pruning is critical for survival after planting your trees. Many property owners digging around the yard risk destroying feeder roots which help absorb moisture and nutrients. Even if your fruit tree has a full-size canopy, this can create an imbalance that results in slow and weak development. This can be prevented by hiring a trusted tree service provider for routine maintenance.

Prune in the Dormant Season

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If you have a pruning project lined up, ensure the trees are dormant before pulling out your shears. This is the best time for your trees and makes the process easy for you. Most trees are dormant in the winter, making this the ideal time to prune your fruit trees before spring growth. Pruning in the cold season also reduces the risk of severe damage, infestations, and infections. However, consult a professional tree care company before taking on any maintenance.

Focus on the Three D’s: Damage, Disease, and Dead Branches

The best way to prune fruit trees is to start with damaged, diseased, or dead branches. Look for signs of deterioration showing severe damage before things get out of hand. Many inexperienced individuals need more expertise and knowledge to detect trivial signs of wear when it is too late. A certified tree service provider inspects the yard for minor signs that often show a more severe underlying problem and recommends practical solutions to salvage the tree.

These are common factors to consider if you have fruit trees in your yard, and we can help you maintain healthy and durable trees. Contact us at Driscoll Tree Service and schedule a consultation with the leading tree care company. We guarantee top-quality tree services at competitive market rates.

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