Most structural defects that cause failure in mature trees can be prevented by pruning when the tree is young. The practice of developmental pruning will avoid the need for more expensive tree care practices later in the life of the tree, while extending the lifespan of the tree by decreasing the likelihood of branch failures. Structural pruning of young, developing trees provides a desirable and structurally stable form at maturity, and is one of the best investments that tree owners can make in their landscape.
Mature Tree Pruning
Pruning is the most common tree maintenance practice. It involves carefully removing dead, damaged, diseased or otherwise unwanted tree branches. Proper pruning of trees will add to their aesthetic value, improve their strength, and maintain their safety.
It’s important that pruning be done properly–improper pruning can cause irreparable damage, create hazards, and even shorten a tree’s life.
Why Prune Your Trees?
There are many good reasons to prune trees:
- Removing diseased, dead, or storm-damaged branches improves the appearance and safety of your trees
- Thinning the crown allows for new growth and better air circulation (which makes for a healthier tree)
- Pruning can reducing the height of your trees (note that we do NOT top trees)
- Removing lower branches keeps walkways clear and prevents damage to nearby structures
- Pruning can enhance your views
Types of Tree Pruning
There are three general types of tree pruning: pruning for safety, pruning for health, and pruning for aesthetics.
Pruning for safety involves removing damaged or diseased branches, while reducing the risk of failure from wind and snow loads, and maintaining the structural integrity of the tree. This usually means removing branches that could fall and damage your property or hurt someone.
Pruning for tree health makes trees healthier by removing diseased or insect-infested wood, promoting air flow and removing crossing or rubbing branches.
Pruning for aesthetics is done to enhance the natural form and character of your trees and shrubs. We can improve the shape of the tree, open up your view, and ensure proper tree structure.
When mature trees need corrective or preventative pruning, or a young tree needs pruning to develop a strong structure and desirable form, your plants will benefit from pruning by a professional arborist. Proper pruning requires a strong knowledge of tree structure and function, along with extensive experience in both the science and art of pruning. That can only come from a ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist. Trust the care of your trees to the ISA Certified Arborists at Stevenson Tree Care!