Pruning a tree can have many benefits. First and foremost, it can help keep the people around the tree safe. Dead branches can fall from a tree at any time, endangering people, damaging houses and powerlines. Removing dangerous limbs and maintaining a safe tree is always the best course of action. However, depending on the size of the tree and the location of the branches to be pruned, pruning itself can also be very dangerous. To ensure your own personal safety, we recommend you let an expert do any pruning you’re not absolutely comfortable and confident in doing.
The structural integrity of a tree can be influenced by pruning, and selecting at risk branches and making the tree balanced. Structural pruning can also greatly improve the general look of the tree. If aesthetics are important to you, proper pruning can make a tree grow in the desired fashion.
It’s also important to remember not to prune too much off of a tree. Generally, you want to prune the smallest amount you possibly can that achieves the desired effect. Never prune more than ¼ of the crown of a tree, as this is where most of its leaves are located and consequently where it gets most of its energy. You run the risk of fatally damaging the tree if too much is pruned too quickly.
Please do not hesitate to let our certified arborists help you out with your tree needs.