There are a number of tree care practices associated with proper tree maintenance; each with their own benefits. One of these most common aspects of tree maintenance is known as tree pruning. Tree pruning refers to the removal of dead, broken, or diseased branches from another otherwise healthy tree. Pruning a tree actually has a large number of benefits associated with it. But why is tree pruning important?
The first benefit is that it decreases the risk of a dead or broken branch landing onto your personal or private property. When a branch falls, depending on its size and weight, it can do serious damage to a vehicle or to your home. Unfortunately, even the act of pruning a tree can prove dangerous depending on the location of the branch that needs to be pruned. Remember to always consult with or hire a professional tree service provider such as Good Morning Tree Service.
Pruning a tree also helps influence how the tree grows. When left untended, a tree can grow wildly. This can increase the risk of danger posed by falling or dead branches, but, more importantly, it can negatively impact the structural integrity of the entire tree. By properly pruning a tree you can force the tree to grow in a certain configuration that is better suited to the structural integrity of the tree. Pruning ensures that no portion of the tree or branch structures has an unequal weight distribution that could spell disaster down the line.
The best time to prune is in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant as trees are less susceptible to harm at this point in time. A dormant tree loses less sap after branch removal and is less likely to take damage from insects or fungus afterward. But certain trees do require more precise timing for pruning. If you’re ever in doubt, contact a certified arborist like those at Good Morning Tree Service.
It is also important to remember to not overdo it with the pruning. You should never prune more than a quarter of a tree’s “crown.” It is through the leaves growing on the crown that a tree gets its energy, so overdoing it can fatally disrupt the tree’s life cycle.
Now that you know a bit about why pruning is important, you can get to work keeping the trees on your property beautiful and healthy. If you’re ever in doubt as to the proper practices required, or if you require assistance, contact the professionals at Good Morning Tree Service today! We service commercial and residential properties in the Austin and Central Texas areas