Did you know that properly pruned trees live longer and retain a pleasing, natural appearance? Tree trimming and pruning encourages air circulation which reduces disease incidence and the possibility of damage from high winds. Tree trimming also removes unhealthy or dangerous limbs that can easily fail in severe weather and allows more sunlight reach your understory plants.
Why Prune Trees & Shrubs?
Pruning is essential not only to keep your trees and plants beautiful and help them grow correctly, but can also help prevent problems such as falling limbs in the future. Some reasons to prune your trees and bushes are:
- To remove dead or dying branches injured by disease, severe insect infestation, animals, storms, or other adverse mechanical damage.
- Cutting back branches that rub together.
- The removal of branch stubs
- Have hazardous trees taken down
- Remove weak or narrow-angled tree branches that overhang homes, parking areas, and sidewalks – anyplace falling limbs could injure people or damage property
- Eliminate branches that interfere with street lights, traffic signals, and overhead wires.
- For security purposes, prune shrubs or tree branches that obscure the entry to your home
The late dormant season is best for most pruning. Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it’s easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring plant branch structure. Pruning at the proper time can avoid certain disease and physiological problems.