Tree pruning helps address tree risks, structural soundness, shape, appearance, and potential sources of decay. Periodic tree maintenance is required in order to promote the health, integrity, and beauty of any tree. It is essential that a trained professional inspect each tree to determine the proper method of pruning required. Pruning is an art that should be entrusted only to trained arborists who understand the proper pruning methods required to encourage healing and prevent decay once pruning is completed.

Fruit trees and many ornamentals are best pruned or shaped during the dormant season to prevent spread of various diseases.

6 Reasons for Tree Trimming and Pruning

1. Aesthetic Value
2. Clearance from Utilities
3. Reduction in safety hazards
4. Clearance from structures
5. Structural Soundness
6. Training of Young Trees

Tree Pruning / Trimming Methods

General Tree Trimming
Crown Reduction
Crown Thinning
Crown Shaping
Crown Raising
Hazard Reduction

Proper pruning of young trees is performed to develop structural integrity and ensure desirable branch architectural. This method of pruning can help reduce future costly problems or the need for additional support as the trees mature. This form of pruning is frequently overlooked because young trees seldom provide any kind of inconvenience.

Problems that may arise if young trees are not trained properly are:
• Development of multiple stems or leaders
• Weak branch structure
• Uneven canopy
• Dense foliage

Pruning young trees is critical to the long term health of the tree. This pruning helps maintain dominant leaders where proper branch growth can occur. Proper training of young trees will lead to overall healthier, aesthetically pleasing, and strong trees.

Appearance and Restoration Pruning for appearance and restoration is essential for the longevity and beauty of a tree. This method of pruning is essential in mature trees that may have begun to lose their characteristics. Restoration may also be required after storm damage or loss of large limbs.

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