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)