Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Forest trees grow quite well with little or no pruning, but in landscape situations, tree pruning is often desirable or necessary to remove dead branches, improve tree structure, enhance vigor, or maintain safety.
Structural pruning principles are used when pruning young trees or for a tree that has not been pruned in many years. If young trees are trained, through pruning, to promote good structure, they will likely remain serviceable in the landscape for a longer period of time. Defects can be removed, a single, dominant leader can be selected, and branches can be well spaced along the main trunk. These trees have a lower potential for structural failure at maturity and require less maintenance later on. Small-maturing ornamental trees can be trained to several trunks, or pruned to develop only one.
There are a number of factors ArborNature considers when pruning mature trees. These include the site; time of year; and the species, size, growth habit, vitality, and maturity of the tree. The amount of live tissue that should be removed depends on the tree size, species, and age, as well as the pruning objectives. In mature trees, the removal of diseased, broken, or dead branches encourages proper wound closure which is crucial to preventing decay-producing fungi from penetrating and infecting other areas of the tree.
The arborists at ArborNature utilize a variety of pruning techniques, depending on the objectives:
To learn more about ArborNature's tree pruning service and how it can help improve the health and beauty of your landscape, contact us online or call ArborNature today.