Trees are an important part of nature. They provide oxygen to the surrounding environment and add value in many other ways. For animals that need them as shelter, to property owners that enjoy their aesthetics, the value of a tree can be measured in many different ways. Like any other asset, the value of trees will not increase without a proper car caring for trees involves properly pruning them.
Pruning for Tree Health
Pruning a tree is usually done for aesthetic purposes, but it is also done for the benefit of the tree itself. Damaged, diseased, or broken tree limbs can be safety risks and affect the health of the tree. Getting rid of these branches also prevents further decay from happening. Pruning can reduce the amount of leaf disease on a tree by increasing the flow of air. This also benefits lower branches and for plants underneath the tree canopy. Fruit trees benefit from pruning as it improves the size and quantity of the crop when it is properly pruned.
Pruning for Human Benefit
Since trees are everywhere in our lives, humans and trees must coexist in this world. Dead and diseased branches can be a major hazard to your house. The siding of your home can become damaged from branches rubbing against it due to harsh winds, and dead branches can fall on the roof. Proper pruning is a small investment for your property that can help avoid more costly damages.
Pruning for Environmental Health
A tree with a large canopy can get in the way of the growth of grass or shrubs at the bottom of a tree. Pruning can give other plants, and lower tree branches access to the rain and sunlight they need to grow and be healthy. Pruning away dead and diseased branches will also impact pests and bugs. Some insects colonize in dead and decaying branches and eat the nearby leaves. If they aren’t an issue, they may be spreading diseases affecting plant and tree growth and can become an annoyance in the future. And if trees overhang or brush up against the side of your house, these bugs may have an easy way of getting into your home.
When it’s time to prune a tree, remember that not all trees are created equally, and not all pruning methods are fit for every tree. Newly planted trees might need to be pruned every year to gain strength and grow properly. Older and more mature trees might only need to be pruned every five or so years. There are right and wrong techniques for pruning, and using the wrong technique can damage a tree rather than help it. If you have never pruned a tree before, consider talking to an arborist who can provide professional insight and proper techniques for your trees. Contact Dudley’s Tree & Landscape for your pruning needs!