The Benefits of Proper Pruning
Proper pruning is one of the most important practices for tree care because it addresses a wide variety of tree health care issues. While many people contact me for obvious problems with their trees, like dead or hanging branches, a much smaller group calls when their trees are looking good. If you notice any problems or see any concerns in your yard contact a certified arborist to consult with you and take care of any hazards, but I encourage you to consider proper pruning on a regular basis to eliminate the possibility of a problem.
Safety pruning is important for trees of all ages and stages of development. Safety pruning can be as simple as removing dead or decaying branches, to removing large limbs over your newly constructed addition. While addressing these issues, a certified arborist may recommend cabling or bracing as further precaution. This helps reinforce the tree so that it will not break or split in high winds. Proper structural pruning during the early development of the tree can help avoid the use of cables and braces. While a tree is young, structural pruning will encourage a strong leader and balanced branch structure.
Corrective pruning and thinning will greatly enhance the health of your trees. This type of pruning is the selective removal of crossing and rubbing branches that can lead to branch decay and allow entry ways for pathogens and insects. Thinning is also important because it allows light penetration and air flow within the canopy. Improved air circulation is needed for the natural inhibition of fungal attacks and insect infestation. Thinning also helps retain the natural shape of the tree and lightens the weight and wind load of the branches.
From newly planted trees to 100 year old oaks, proper pruning will greatly enhance the life of the tree and can eliminate the likelihood of hazards. For a truly safe, healthy and beautiful specimen tree proper pruning is a must!