Tree pruning is not just for aesthetic reasons. Tree pruning is vital for health and safety.
Why Prune Your Trees?
Is pruning really that important? Doesn’t mother nature take care of proper tree growth? Why mess with things better left alone?
Many people believe that it should be left to nature to “naturally prune” trees and foliage. While this is true for forests, the landscaping world is very different. In order for man-made landscapes to retain their safety and aesthetic, measures should be taken to carefully prune the trees.
Below are some common misconceptions when it comes to pruning:
- Routine thinning (doesn’t necessarily improve health)
- Routinely pruning mature trees (can leave severe damage)
- Removing a lot of inner foliage (can create tip-heavy limbs that are prone to failure)
Pruning is essential for many reasons:
- Removing dead branches and crowded limbs
- Eliminating hazards
- Increasing light and air penetration to a tree’s crown or the surrounding landscape
- As a corrective or preventive measure for mature trees
Pruning should be done to preserve and promote attractiveness and health. Growing conditions are not always ideal – urban areas being especially prone to crowding and obstructions. Pruning can be a way to combat these conditions!
The Best Time For Pruning
Basic routine pruning – removing dead, weak and diseased limbs – can usually be done throughout the year. However, it’s important to note that every type of tree has particular needs.
For instance, some tree species are more susceptible to disease than others. Some require a very specific type of pruning, and others can only be pruned during certain months of the year. Trees are incredibly complex, and every type of tree has its quirks!