Reasons to Prune

Safety– By removing dead or decaying branches, or trees, can reduce the risk to public safety.  Raising the lower branches of a tree near a stop sign or drive way may improve visibility.

Structural Strength– Thinning a tree canopy can allow for more airflow circulation through the crown of the tree, reducing the likelihood of failure during a wind or snow event.  Air circulation in the crown also can help confuse pests that might be looking at your tree for a place to make a home.  Establishing a central leader and good structural in scaffold branches will set the tree up for success in years to come, saving money in long term maintenance costs.

Health-Removing dead or dying branches can help the tree begin to create callus wood, which seals pruning cuts.  The sooner the branch compartmentalizes, a barrier is formed to lessen the chance of invasion by insects and diseases.

Aesthetics– A properly maintained tree is more likely to survive, providing enjoyment for years to come.

Do not prune trees without clearly defined objectives:

  • Maintain safety (reducing risk of failure)
  • Improve tree health and structure
  • Provide clearance
  • Reduce shade and wind resistance
  • Influence flower and fruit production
  • Improve aesthetics
  • Improve a view
  • Remove water/sucker sprouts (poor attachments)