Tree pruning is mostly necessary when branches are deceased, wounded, or diseased, thereby posing a danger to the health of the rest of the tree. A variety of dead wood is a pleasant feast for rot fungi, which enable it to allow disease and fungi to move from the dead wood to the live flesh. However, while it is advantageous to purge a healthy tree of its excessive dead wood and undesirable dead branches, poorly implemented pruning is equally bad or even worse for the well-being of your trees. Improperly pruning can result in an exhaustive list of tree-health issues: including cankers, sunscald, frost cracks, insect borers, and others.
When cutting off a dead branch, flush cuts should take place just outside the collar leaving as small of a stub as possible, but without removing any section of the collar (the natural defense hurdle) which could prove detrimental. Usually, a series of cuts should be made to be able to remove the dead branch safely. Merely a simple slice just beyond the inflamed collar is not quite enough. You begin with a small cut down just beyond the collar and on the underside of the dead branch. Subsequent, just beyond the first slice, make a series of cuts taking down the dead branch, to ensure that when you make the more essential cut next to the collar, you’re not suited to cause tearing as the heaviness of the dead branch puts pressure on the joint.
Here are the top main reasons why you need to prune your trees.
Prune for safety
Pruning eliminates deadwood that could otherwise break loose during storms. That’s why pruned trees are much less likely to have limbs or branches crack during storms, which protects your property from damage. And while pruning, arborists perform a regular checkup to ensure your tree is healthy.
The more you care for your tree’s long-term health, the much less likely it will do damage in a heavy wind.
Prune for good health
This is particularly important when your tree is young – generally a few years after growing. Have an arborist trim the young tree so that it grows a sound, sturdy branch shape. That way you’ll proactively decrease risk!
When your tree is much more mature, your arborist will usually prune your tree to slim its dense canopy or maybe remove weak branch structures. By getting rid of excessive or competing branches, the tree’s shape improves. Plus, you improve the amount of sunlight and airflow that can circulate through the tree’s canopy. More sunshine signifies more photosynthesis and growth!
Prune for beauty, bucks and bumper crop. Arborists also prune trees to help manage or enhance their natural pattern. Some arborists think of tree trimming as an art form. They want to help every tree appear as good as it can be.