Pruning for Better Tree Health

by / Saturday, 17 December 2016 / Published in Blog

If you talk with an arborist or professional tree care expert about pruning, they will most likely explain to you how this particular practice is beneficial to the health and safety of your trees as well as you, your family, and your property.  Obviously, the main priority with tree pruning is maintaining the safety of your home and the people living in it.  But when a dead branch breaks off and falls, it can easily harm anyone that is standing in close proximity to the tree or cause costly damage to your home and power lines.

 

You should always keep a watchful eye out for dead or decaying branches as they can pose a serious safety hazard in San Jose.  Ironically, pruning a tree can also be hazardous because of the tree’s size and where the branches that need to be pruned are located.  In cases such as these, it is always a good idea to contact a tree care specialist to prune the tree and ensure your own safety.  This is especially true if you are not comfortable doing the pruning yourself or lack the confidence to attempt it.

 

The Importance of Pruning

 

There are a number of valid reasons to prune your trees whenever it is required.  First and foremost, tree pruning influences the way in which tree growth occurs.  You can train your trees to grow in a specific configuration of branches and limbs by having it pruned properly by an arborist or tree care expert.  Not only is this more aesthetic, it can enhance the tree’s structural integrity.  By maintaining the structure of the tree, it will decrease the risk of branches or limbs breaking off and falling. This in turn can stop more damage to the surroundings.

 

When a tree is properly maintained and pruned, the structure of the branches and limbs are not so easily compromised.  Furthermore, it prevents improper weight distribution which could eventually be disastrous as the tree ages.  Another benefit to consider is the way in which structural pruning can enhance the overall appearance of the tree.  If you are concerned with aesthetics, you can train the tree to grow in a desirable way by having it pruned by a professional tree care specialist. If you get this done regularly, you can notice the difference.

 

When is the right Time to Prune?

 

Other than damage caused by natural disasters or emergency removal of branches and limbs, the ideal time for pruning your trees is during the dormant season in late fall or winter.  The tree will be less susceptible to any harm if you have it pruned during this time of the year.  As with any other living entity, your trees are just as susceptible to stress.  Consequently, when you remove any of their branches you are damaging them.

However, when they are dormant during late fall and winter, they lose less sap and are less prone to fungus and insect damage.

 

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