Benefits of Tree Pruning
Sometimes tree companies are quick to suggest removing a troubled tree and fail to recognize the importance of tree preservation. Pruning is critical to maintaining healthy trees, whether old or young.
Your urban tree grows a lot differently than trees in the wild. "Wild" trees don't experience the same environmental stressor that urban trees do, so they don't require the maintenance and upkeep that urban trees do. Trees have complex root systems that can be easily disturbed by urban factors like buildings or road, which can cause an urban tree to develop undesirable growth habits. Unfortunately, examples of these poor habits are abundant: once beautiful trees become overgrown, not only losing aesthetic appeal, but becoming problematic for property owners. These trees start to overhang gutters, garages and sidewalks, creating hazards that need to be address before an injury or damage occurs.
Pruning gives trees a healthy structure right from the start, which leaves them in a better position to thrive throughout their lifespan. Pruning addresses the tree before it becomes a hazard. Furthermore, a well-maintained tree can add real value to your property.
How to Prune?
How you prune your tree depends largely on whether your tree is old or young. Young trees are important to prune because pruning allows you to catch undesirable growth early and fix it easily with a small, simple prune. This is called structural pruning and it is the most important kind of pruning. Not only does structural pruning help shape the tree, giving it symmetry and beauty, it stops hazardous growth patterns before they even start. Pruning older trees is just as important, but the methods and approach used are much different. Older trees develop larger and heavier limbs, some of which will start to die, posing serious hazards for anyone or anything below them. Removing these limbs will make your tree safer and can actually help improve the health of a tree because it promotes new growth.
How not to prune
Not everyone prunes trees the same and there are some bad practices you'll want to avoid when it comes to pruning a tree. If you prune too much, or in the wrong places, you can really hurt and damage your tree, possibly even killing it entirely. Tree pruning is part science, part art; so make sure that whoever is pruning your tree knows has the knowledge, skills and experience needed to do it right. Some practices to avoid include tree topping (where the tree is deformed and left without leaves) and tree pruning using improper tools or climbing spikes. All of these practices can damage your tree and should be red flags that the person performing your tree care isn't as knowledgable as you may think.
Thinking of a prune?
If you're considering pruning your trees, give us a call. Our team of experienced climbers and ground crews will use their years of knowledge and experience, along with our professional tools and equipment, to get the job done quickly, safely and professionally, leaving you with a property and a landscape you can be proud of.