Trees are an invaluable part of our lives and maintaining the biodiversity of our environment. These ‘silent partners’ come in a grand variety of species, each with their own unique part to play within our ecosystem. For example: certain trees provide us with medicine, such as the salicylic acid synthesised from the bark of a Willow to make Aspirin; some trees gift us with the rubber used in the tyres that keep our four wheels safely on the road; whereas other trees bear the plentiful fruit used to provide sustenance for insects, animals, and humans alike.
Oh, and not to mention of course, the vital process of photosynthesis, without which we would be unable to convert Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen. That’s right! Tree’s are responsible for the very air that we breathe and without them…well, the knock-on effects would be breath-taking to say the least.
With that in mind, you’ll understand why professional arborists like Canopy Tree are forever harping on about the importance of pruning! Look at all of the things that trees do for us…it’s only fair that we give them a little tender love and carein return, right?
Tree Pruning Promotes Strong Future Growth
First and foremost, the primary benefit of pruning a tree is the way in which it can vastly improve the tree’s health. The process of pruning focuses on carefully cutting away damaged, diseased, or broken limbs that can pose a threat not only to those nearby, but the health of the tree itself. By removing those problematic branches, you will be preventing the spread of further decay throughout the tree.
Pruning can also be used to reduce the amount of leaf disease on a tree by improving the flow of air throughout the tree’s canopy. This subsequently benefits the lower branches in the tree and the plants growing underneath the canopy as well.
Tree pruning is especially important in fruit trees as it has been known to significantly improve the quality, quantity, and size of the crop when proper pruning is adopted.
Tree Pruning Has Hidden Environmental Impacts
Tree pruning has some amazing benefits that most of us don’t get to see, but when you know about them, will be exceptionally grateful for! For example: a tree with an especially large and thick canopy will invariably impede the growth of shrubs or grass growing at the base of the tree. By pruning a tree, you can afford the other plants and lower branches the light and rainwater that they need to grow strong and healthy.
More importantly, pruning away the dead or diseased branches will significantly reduce the impact of insects and pests *shudders*. Many insects will colonize in dead or decaying branches and will feast on nearby foliage. They are also instrumental in the spreading of diseases which can affect plant and tree growth.
Tree pruning is also especially important if you have tree branches that overhang or brush up against your home, as this provides easy access for the pests to access and invade your home. It’s a win-win!
Pruning Can Benefit Humans in Many Ways Too!
Again, as trees are a huge part of our day-to-day lives, humans and trees must coexist comfortably. However, when left to their own devices, trees can grow unruly and impede on public pathways and roads. By pruning a tree, you can improve pedestrian & traffic flow around and under the tree. Dead or low-hanging branches will invariably make public pathways harder to navigate, which is why it is so important to stay on top of it.
Another benefit of pruning trees in public areas is improving visibility of traffic-related signs. This can help to reduce the number of accidents which occur on the roads in areas which are heavily populated by trees and visibility is reduced.
Trees that grow too close to your home can also cause damage to your property, particularly in harsh winds. Windows and roofs can be damaged by falling or flailing branches, which is why it is so important to ensure that a tree is not only healthy, but that a safe distance is maintained.
If you have trees on your property which are growing especially close to public powerlines on the street, pruning will be an absolute must. The last thing you need is for one of your trees to interfere with the powerlines, causing significant damage which might lead to a power-outage, or worse.
Tree Pruning Keeps Trees Looking Beautiful
Think of tree pruning as dressing your young children in uniform for their first day of school. If you left them to it, they’d roll up to class dressed in a tattered dinosaur onesie with food stains all over it—fun, but impractical.
Trees can grow in a similar fashion. They do as they please and can subsequently end up looking rather tangled and messy. With proper tree pruning, you can keep them looking tidy and beautiful instead, which, again, is also beneficial to their health and well-being, and not just their aesthetic appearance.
Don’t forget that when it comes to tree pruning, there is no “one size fits all” method. Pruning methods and frequencies vary depending on the age, size, and species of the tree.
Trees that have been newly planted will likely need to be pruned every year in order to obtain proper form & strength to serve as a formidable foundation for future growth. The more old and mature trees may not need to be pruned more than once every five years. Again, it really depends on the tree itself, and the situation.
It’s also important to remember that there is a right and a wrong way to prune a tree, and the wrong way can cause irreparable damage to a tree, rather than help it.
If you have trees on your property that need pruning, but you don’t have any experience, we strongly advise that you seek the professional assistance of an experienced arborist. A tree pruning specialist will be able to properly prune a tree, whilst keeping the health & safety of you, your family, and the tree itself in mind.