Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Pruning should be done by a professional with an understanding of tree biology. Improper pruning can cause lasting damage or shorten the tree’s life. Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead/dying branches, improve branch structure and to reduce risk. Trees can also be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the tree’s crown and the landscape below.
The pruning of young trees is important to establish good structure of primary branches; which become a mature tree’s framework. Properly trained young trees require less corrective pruning as they mature.
Growth and wound closure are maximized if the pruning of live limbs is done in the Winter or before growth starts in early Spring. Removal of diseased, dead, or broken limbs can be done during any season, with little negative impact on the tree.