Properly maintained and healthy trees can increase the value of your property, reduce air pollution, and create an overall soothing atmosphere around your premises. There are many ways you can keep your trees healthy and pruning is one of the most important.
When performed under the guidance of a certified arborist, pruning can lead to the following benefits:
When trees are left to grow on their own structural defects, such as bark inclusions and closely-spaced branches, are more likely to develop. Structurally defective trees are the most vulnerable during storms where excess water and heavy winds can cause limbs or entire trunks to fall along driveways and buildings, cutting off power lines, damaging property and even causing injuries to people.
Corrective pruning is usually performed to maintain the tree’s structural integrity and lessen the risk of storm damage. Defects in tree structure are corrected and weak or diseased limbs are removed. Healthy branches are sometimes pruned to avoid uneven weight distribution that can render other branches more prone to storm damage.
Good Growth and Structure
Pruning is essential for inducing proper tree growth. Dead or weak limbs are pruned to avoid the spread of decay-causing fungi. Live canopy limbs and branches are cut to increase air circulation and light penetration in the tree’s lower regions, leading to more vigorous growth. Structural problems among young trees, like twin trunks and improperly attached limbs or branches, can also be corrected by pruning.
Pruned trees are the best backdrop to an attractive property. Vista pruning can be done to create stunning entries and provide access to nearby hills, lakes and other scenic views. Restorative pruning can also be performed on old trees to restore their appearance and attractiveness.
When is the Best Time to Prune?
The perfect time to prune trees is during winter or the latter part of fall. Because trees are not actively growing during such periods, it’s easier to prune them as the structure of their branch is in full view. Also, trees are dormant during winter or fall and will not lose too much sap from pruning. When spring comes they will be able to recover quickly as when their growth resumes. It also makes a lot of sense to prune while it’s still cold because insects and fungi are also dormant and will not likely attack the tree.
Let an Arborist Prune It!
Pruning is not a simple matter of cutting off one branch after another. There is a science to it. Precision and proper approach is needed to ensure pruned trees will not suffer stress. To ensure trees get the full benefit of pruning, you should get the help of a certified arborist.