The main reasons for pruning trees include safety and health. No branch should be removed without a reason. Common reasons for pruning include the removal of dead branches, remove crowded or rubbing limbs, and to eliminate hazardous limbs. In addition, pruning can be used to stimulate fruit production and increase the value of timber.
Pruning for safety involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trimming branches that interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways, and removing branches that grow into utility lines.
Pruning for health involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow and reduce some pest problems, and removing crossing and rubbing branches. Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Removing broken or damaged limbs encourages wound closure.
Pruning large trees can be dangerous. It can involve working above the ground and using power equipment. An arborist can determine what type of pruning is necessary to improve the safety, health and aesthetics of your trees. A professional arborist can provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance. To contact an arborist about pruning your trees please click here.