Pruning is often requested for aesthetic reasons by home and property owners, however, it is an essential part of maintaining the health of your trees and shrubs. In a natural forest setting, falling limbs help to dislodge weak and unhealthy limbs from other trees as well as their own lower branches. Trees will naturally cut off nutrients to under-productive branches through a process known as “self-pruning”. This process can take years for the dying limb to fall away, creating a potential safety hazard for the property and people in the vicinity.
Thinning and pruning provide healthy and remaining branches the room they need to mature and receive adequate sunlight. This also allows wind to pass more freely through the tree reducing the risk of branches being broken during a storm or high winds. At some point a rubbing branch will either die or become and entry point for insects, disease and decay. Properly pruning a tree and removing the dead wood improves the overall health of the tree by removing potentially diseased infected or disease susceptible branches. Once these are removed it allows the tree to properly heal and recover.