6 reasons why you should prune your trees

If you want an aesthetically pleasing yard, pruning your trees will help. Pruning also helps trees grow and become more bountiful. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Gerald Z.)

If you want an aesthetically pleasing yard, pruning your trees will help. Pruning also helps trees grow and become more bountiful. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Gerald Z.)

Do you need a tree expert?

Part of your yard-work chores most likely include basic maintenance of your trees. Here's when you should talk to an arborist.

Landscaping can showcase the overall feel and look of your home and increase its value. A poorly managed lawn or a sickly looking tree detracts from your home's appearance. Becoming the envy of the neighborhood includes pruning the trees that populate your yard, so consider hiring a professional tree service to assist in your pruning chores. Why should you prune your trees? 

To beautify your yard

As mentioned above, pruning affects the appearance of a tree. By cutting off dead limbs or removing sections of the tree that are growing faster than others, you're giving your tree a whole new look. Basically, it's like a haircut for your tree. Good grooming is beneficial to trees, since it enhances the shape of the tree. This is especially important for trees that you've planted for the sole purpose of adding aesthetic appeal.

To help the tree grow

That juniper tree in your yard will be able to withstand harsh weather better after it has been pruned. When a professional tree service uses the proper technique, tree pruning has the ability to make the roots stronger, which ultimately means that the tree is healthier and can hold up better in a storm. Moreover, pruning can help the new branches to grow.

To encourage fruit production

Any type of tree that produces fruit benefits from pruning. By removing dead limbs, you're promoting better health in the tree, since dead wood makes the tree more susceptible to insect infestation and disease. Additionally, pruning a fruit tree you may have encourages the growth of spurs, which will produce fruit the following year. Ultimately, pruning promotes an increase in fruit production.

To remove hazardous branches

By far, this is the most imperative reason to hire someone to prune your tree. The dead branches fall very easily during high winds or a severe storm. Even when weather conditions are ideal, these branches may fall. Other hazardous branches include ones hanging over the roof of your home and ones growing into electric lines. Additionally, cracks in the tree, decay, cankers and poor root growth are all able to cause safety issues.

To treat disease

Just like human beings, trees may contract disease. Through pruning, the disease may be treated and prevented from spreading. Therefore, pruning not only prevents disease, it also helps treat it.

To improve a vista

Vista pruning is a term that describes a type of pruning used for the purpose of enhancing a view of a valley, lake or other natural structure. Hiring someone for vista pruning entails removal of trees and branches that block the view of these naturally occurring splendors. Generally, a view of these structures may be lost within 15 years of tree growth.

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