Proper pruning of trees is an artful skill and should be treated as such by a trained qualified arborist. While improper pruning can damage or even kill your tree, it correctly can enhance the natural beauty of your trees, improve the aesthetics of your property and increase its overall value.
Pruning is important to accomplish many objectives as :
- Improving tree health
- Removing deadwood or crown cleaning
- Improving tree structure
- Training pruning to guide future growth
- Decreasing canopy weight
- Reducing wind resistance by thinning
- Reducing overall size or spread with reduction pruning
- Increasing sunlight into an area
- Enhancing vista’s and views of the surrounding landscape
- Clearing branches away from structures for fire safety and rodent control
- Provide clearance for structures, vehicles, and pedestrians
- Increase overall aesthetics to a landscape
Furthermore, improper pruning can actually create a hazard by the tree reacting negatively by pushing new growth towards the end of the branches making them heavy, causing them to break and fall, possibly on homes or people. At ArborPro, our Arborists are properly trained and qualified to prune to modern tree industry standards so there is no need to worry about your valued assets. We will give your trees the proper care to enhance their health, structure and beauty.
- Hazard Reduction Pruning (HRP)— Is recommended when the primary objective is to reduce the danger to a specific target caused by visibly defined hazards in a tree. For example, HRP may be the primary objective if a tree has many dead limbs over a school yard.
- Maintenance Pruning (MP) — Is recommended when the primary objective is to maintain or improve tree health and structure, and includes hazard reduction pruning. An example here might be to perform an MP operation on a front yard tree.
Hazard reduction pruning and maintenance pruning should consist of one or more of the pruning types noted below:
- Crown cleaning — The selective removal of one or more of the following items: dead, dying or diseased branches, weak branches and watersprouts
- Crown thinning — The selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, air movement and to reduce weight
- Crown raising — The removal of the lower branches to provide clearance
- Crown reduction or shaping — Decrease the height and/or spread of a tree. Consideration should be given to the ability of the species to sustain this type of pruning
- Vista pruning — The selective thinning of framework limbs or specific areas of the crown to allow a view of an object from predetermined spot
- Crown restoration — Should improve the structure, form and appearance of trees which have been severely headed, vandalized or storm damaged.