The main reason for tree pruning is Safety, Tree Health and Tree Aesthetics. It can also be used to stimulate fruit and flower growth.
Tree Pruning is at times required for safety and involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trimming branches that interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways, and removing branches that grow into utility lines.
Tree Pruning is also undertaken for the trees health. This involves removing diseased of insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase air flow and reduce some pest problems, and removing crossing and rubbing branches which can cause weakened limbs and open wounds, which can become infected.
Tree Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Removing broken or damaged limbs encourages wound closure.
Formative tree pruning is minor pruning and is advised during the early years of a tree’s growth, done correctly this can help to establish the desired form of the Tree and/or to correct defects or weaknesses that may affect the Trees structure in later life.
Branch/Limb Removal – Sometimes it is only necessary to remove the odd branch. This could be for a number of reasons – e.g. growing to close to a building, obstructing a driveway, crossing a neighbour’s boundary, etc.