Pruning is necessary in tree and shrub maintenance for several reasons. Selective pruning helps to ‘open up’ the interior of the plant to allow air to circulate, effective drying and light penetration. Dead limbs are removed and the tree (or shrub) has a neat, healthy appearance. Pruning also reduces the likelihood of pest and disease infestations. A healthy plant is less susceptible to these kinds of outbreaks.
Proper pruning will improve the overall appearance of a tree (or shrub). Quite often the form of the tree is improved by the removal of long, weak (top heavy) limbs. This, of course, makes the tree safer as well. The safety of a tree is an important consideration when there are large, mature trees on the property. Weak, structurally imperfect or crossing limbs should be removed.
Pruning, then, is a fundamental facet of tree and shrub maintenance. Proper pruning techniques are important. An improperly pruned plant does nothing to improve health, form or safety. It most often does more harm than good. In larger trees, pruning is a dangerous task as it entails working at heights and often removing limbs in tight situations. This work should be left to our trained arborists.