Bradford Pear Trees: Trimming, Maintenance, And More

Posted on: 23 February 2023

Although they're technically an invasive species, Bradford pear trees are commonly planted by builders and developers because they're inexpensive, grow quickly, and showcase beautiful blooms during the spring months. Still, they do require some special care and maintenance to keep them looking great for years to come. If you have a Bradford pear tree on your property, there are some important things you should know.

The Importance of Trimming a Bradford Pear

First, understand why regular trimming and pruning of a Bradford pear tree is so vital. These trees are known for their rapid growth, which is great for new developments where builders (and homeowners) want to create the look of established landscaping. However, their quick growth can also make Bradford pear trees more prone to fallen limbs--especially during storms and powerful wind gusts.

By taking the time to regularly trim and prune your Bradford pear tree as needed, you can keep it in the best possible health and potentially avoid broken limbs or similar issues.

When and How to Trim and Prune

Generally, it's best to prune a Bradford pear tree during the early fall or early spring months, before or after the threat of frost has passed. Start by cutting back smaller limbs or branches that are rubbing together. From there, look for branches that are growing against the trunk of the tree and remove these as well.

When trimming a Bradford pear tree, it's generally best to cut at a 45-degree angle. This will keep the cut portion of the branch or limb healthy while creating an aesthetically pleasing look.

If it's been a while since your tree has been trimmed (or if it's never been trimmed), then it may be necessary to prune back small amounts at a time. Avoid pruning too much of a Bradford pear tree at once, as this can create a "shock" to the system and actually increase the risk of the tree dying.

Hire a Tree Trimming Professional

Because Bradford pear trees can be somewhat complicated to prune and trim, it's generally best to leave your tree trimming to an expert arborist who has experience with this type of tree. Likewise, keep in mind that Bradford pears are notoriously difficult to remove; even if you cut the tree down to the stump, its roots may retain stored energy and attempt to regrow. As a result, hiring an arborist to tackle your Bradford pear tree trimming or removal is usually the best way to go.

For more information, contact a company like Mikes Tree Service & Landscaping.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

About a year ago, I realized that our front trees were starting to look a little funny. Some of the leaves were wilted, but we weren't anywhere near autumn. The bark on the trunk also seemed to be rotting away, which was frustrating and disappointing. Fortunately, a friend of mine told me to call a professional arborist for help. He came out, inspected the trees, and injected some special pesticides into the trunk. Within a few months, they started to look a lot better. Our arborist also trimmed our trees to reduce the weight load on the branches and to improve their shape. Check out this blog for information about tree trimming.