Tree shaping is the art of training living trees and woody plants into artistic shapes by carefully orchestrating how the tree and branches grow. Tree shaping is a form of living sculpture, sharing heritage with more commonly known practices such as bonsai and topiary.
Tree shaping is a crucial part of tree care. Proper tree shaping improves the overall health of the tree, enhances growth, lowers risk of diseases and prevents breakage. Property owners can also enhance the appeal of their yard to attract potential buyers and customers. With all the benefits of tree shaping, you need to make sure that you do it right, and most of the time it will be best to leave it to the professionals.
The best time to shape your trees is during late fall or winter. There is a science behind the timing. During these cold months, the sap of the trees is not running and this will help avoid stressing your trees. Most insects are also dormant during these months and will be a big factor in avoiding infections.
However, you will need to do some periodic pruning to remove dead or damaged branches that might compromise safety in your property. You can also consider a semi-annual or annual pruning to get rid of old branches and control the size of the plant.