Tree Pruning

The Philosophy of Tree Pruning

Tree pruning is more than just getting or removing dead limbs; it helps the tree grow new, healthy branches. It is an activity that involves the 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 threaten your family and investment property.

Climbing The Dense Trees

There are several reasons 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 their size and shape to achieve desirable growth and avoid unwanted decay of the branches. Proper pruning can help to obtain the best form and maintain the overall health of your trees.

Benefits of Tree Pruning

1. Safety

Because tree pruning activity involves the removal of dead and dying branches, the potential risk of falling branches will be eliminated. It also lessens the hazards when it comes to overgrown trees and branches that interfere with the power lines and poles. Pruning trees 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 a tree’s shape and appearance. However, do not force a tree to grow in an unnatural shape and size because its health will definitely be compromised. If pruning is 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 a precautionary measure against decay or infection that is starting to develop. The possibility of stopping 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 or pruned for a long period of time can still be rescued and restored to their natural and healthy growth. Furthermore, pruning trees gives the chance for nearby, 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 in the benefits of pruning trees. Overtime, overgrown trees or those 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 the 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 at that time; therefore, this activity will not pose a serious hazard that can damage the trees. Pruning during the dormant season minimizes the oozing of the sap from the fresh wound. This is going to be a big help, especially for 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 hazards 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 you have trouble determining which of the branches or limbs are due for pruning. Call Northern Lakes Tree Service, an all-American tree service company.

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