Tree Pruning

The Philosophy of Tree Pruning

Tree Pruning is more than just getting/removing dead limbs; it helps the tree grow new healthy branches. It is an activity that involves elimination of damaged, non-productive, structurally unsound tissue from trees and landscape plants without compromising the health of the tree. This process helps to reduce and minimize the extensive risk and damage that threatens to your family and investment property.

Tree Pruning

Several reasons are present why a tree needs to be pruned. One of those is to thin a crown to permit new growth and better air circulation. A tree may need this kind of maintenance to get rid of diseased or storm-damaged branches. Trees in the landscape require regular pruning to control its size and shape to achieve desirable growth and avoid unwanted decaying of the branches. Proper pruning can help to obtain the best form and maintain overall health of your trees.

Benefits of Tree Pruning

1. Safety

Because tree pruning activity involves removal of dead and dying branches, potential risk of falling branches will be eliminated in the picture.  It also lessens the hazard when it comes to overgrown trees and branches that interferes the power lines and power poles. Pruning tree should also be practiced on trees near the driveway to avoid visual obstruction while you are driving.

2. Aesthetics

When a tree is regularly pruned, tree form will surely be controlled and desired growth will be achieved. This process can help maintain tree’s shape and appearance. However, do not impose to a tree to grow with unnatural shape and size because its health will definitely be compromised. If pruning will be done regularly by a professional, a beautiful tree formation will be retained in your landscape. Pruning cuts will remain virtually unnoticed. Who wouldn’t want to have an aesthetically pleasing backyard?

3. Health

Pruning trees can be considered as a precautionary measure to a decay/infection that is starting to develop. The possibility to stop the infection is high when acting immediately by pruning away infected branches and limbs. Pruning can sometimes bring trees back to life. In some instances, those trees that are not properly maintained/ pruned for a long period of time can still be rescued and restored its natural and healthy growth. Furthermore, pruning trees gives the chance for near smaller trees to receive more sunlight.

4. Money

Maybe you are confused when you read the word “money” in this group. Indeed, money is included on the benefits of pruning trees.  Overtime, overgrown trees or those trees that are not properly pruned will soon cause harm and danger in your community, including your own family, neighborhood and investment property. Homeowners who practice pruning their trees regularly can save themselves to potential cost of liability.

The Perfect Time to Prune Trees

The dormant season, late fall or winter is the perfect and most common practice for pruning trees. Disease pathogens are inactive that time therefore this activity will not bring serious hazard that can damage the trees. Pruning during dormant season minimizes the oozing of the sap from the fresh wound. This is going to be a big help especially to some trees that are prone to bleeding.

Keep in mind:

  • When pruning a tree don’t wait until it gets old because it has a bunch of hazard already. Pruning a younger tree is much easier to manage and the risk of leaving nasty scars is much lower.
  • Call a professional arborist when having trouble determining which of the branches/limbs are due for pruning. Call Northern Lakes Tree Service – an all American tree service company.

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