As arborists, we most often perform four pruning functions:
• Cleaning- removing dead, diseased, and/or broken branches
• Thinning- selective pruning of not more than 25% of live foliage to reduce density of live branches
• Raising- removing lower limbs to “raise” away from walking areas
• Reduction – decrease the height, spread or “wind sail effect”
We can determine what type of pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of trees. These techniques include:
– Eliminating branches that rub each other.
– Removing limbs that interfere with wires, gutters, roofs, chimneyes, windows, or that obstruct streets or sidewalks.
– Removing dead or weak limbs that pose a hazard or may lead to decay.
– Removing disease or insect-infested limbs.
– Creating better structure to lessen wind resistance and reduce the potential for storm damage.
– Training young trees.
– Removing limbs damaged by adverse weather conditions.
– Thinning or removal of branches to increase light penetration.
– Improving the shape or silhouette of the trees.