The Importance of Pruning
Pruning a tree has many benefits. The first and most important is keeping the people around it safe. A dead branch can fall from a tree at any time, endangering nearby people, buildings, and power lines. 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 it yourself can also be very dangerous. Hiring a professional arborist may be necessary in many cases to ensure the job is done safely and properly.
Pruning for Health and Structure
There are many reasons why pruning a tree is important. With proper pruning, a tree can be made to grow into a certain configuration of limbs and branches that is more ideal for the structural integrity of the tree. Maintaining the tree’s structure helps to mitigate the risk of broken limbs and falling branches, making the surrounding area a safer place to be. A properly pruned tree will not have compromising branch structures and improper weight distribution that could lead to a dangerous failure later on in the tree’s life. Structural pruning can also greatly improve the general look of the tree. At Alpine Arbor we can identify and remove diseased, broken, weak or dead branches from your trees. Thinning, or the removal of live branches is occasionally necessary to increase light exposure and air circulation within the canopy.
When is the best time to prune?
It is important that any pruning (other than emergency branch removal) be done in late fall or winter, during the dormant season. During this time the tree is less susceptible to harm that may result from pruning. Trees are susceptible to stress just like any other creature, and removing their branches does cause damage to the tree. When the tree is dormant, however, less sap is lost and, since they are dormant as well, insects and fungus are less likely to further damage the tree. Certain species of trees require more precise timing and different approaches for proper pruning. If you’re ever in doubt, contact Alpine Arbor instead of risking both the tree’s safety and your own.
It is our goal at Alpine Arbor to always prune in a way that is safest for you, your property, and your tree, all while still leaving as natural a look as possible.[acx_slideshow name=”Pruning1″]
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