When you use proper pruning techniques, you can prevent tree branches from growing back quickly while also protecting the health of your tree. To do this, you’ll need to use a slightly different strategy than if you were trying to promote new growth.

For one, use straight cuts on the branch instead of cutting at an angle, which helps encourage regrowth. Additionally, cut the tree limb just before the leaf node. Otherwise, if you cut after the leaf node, this leaves behind vegetation at the end of the branch that can quickly turn into new growth.

It’s also helpful to use latex paint or a sucker growth inhibitor after you finish pruning. Applying black latex paint on the cuts can help deter pests, plus it can help prevent regrowth by blocking sunlight from the cut ends. Similarly, sucker growth inhibitors are lawn and garden chemicals that contain a plant hormone. When you spread this substance on a newly cut branch, it can typically inhibit new growth at that site for at least six months without hurting the overall tree.

If you have any questions or concerns about pruning or want to know more about the benefits of pruning, you can always reach out to a tree expert. No matter how careful you are, it’s easy to mistakenly damage your trees while pruning if you don’t have a good understanding of tree care. However, if you contact a certified arborist or an experienced tree professional, you don’t have to worry. They can take care of all of your pruning and tree care needs for you, including fertilization and aeration. They can also help determine if tree removal would be a better option than repeatedly trimming back your tree branches.