Trees in urban settings or on property developments often require correction to ensure that they develop a stable structure in a way that integrates with the surrounding conditions. Pruning can alter a young tree’s structure and growth in order to correct defects. With older trees, pruning may be recommended to reduce end wight of specified branches in order to reduce the likelihood of large limb failure.
Arboriculture International has specialized training and equipment to determine how best to prune a tree, with a focus on ensuring safety and optimizing aesthetic considerations. Pruning may be the most common maintenance practice in tree care, but every cut made on a tree should be done for a reason, as each cut affects the tree’s future growth and development.
Proper pruning typically serves at least one the following functions:
- Remove or reduce dead, diseased, weak or hazardous branches
- Improve tree health or tree structure
- Increase light/air penetration
- Minimise risk of storm damage
- Provide clearance for overhead lines or structures
- Guide growth patterns of young trees
Deciding to remove a tree can be an unpleasant choice, but under certain circumstances tree removal is the only sensible option, especially when human safety and valuable property are at stake.
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