Tree pruning is a chore that we often discuss when talking about how to maintain the health of your tree.
Decreasing Weather Damage
The way a tree looks can be deceiving. Although its size may imply that it’s 10 feet tall and bulletproof, ignoring damaged or dead branches can weaken its overall system. A weak tree that faces fast winds or ice may not be able to support the conditions and could easily break. By pruning a tree as needed, you are keeping it healthy and strong during harsh weather.
Damaged or dead branches may seem harmless, but these problems can spread to the rest of an otherwise healthy tree. Fungi, a common occurrence in damaged or dead branches, can cause decay and put the health of the entire tree in jeopardy. Pruning prevents this, in addition to improving the circulation of the canopy and allowing more sunlight exposure.
Once your tree is starting to take off, it may seem counterintuitive to begin pruning. However, pruning a tree while it is in its initial growth stage can provide the tree with the balance it needs to thrive and grow at a healthy and steady pace. It may also prevent multiple leaders from forming, which throws off the balance of the tree and can be dangerous down the road.
Improving Property Safety
Besides the dangers that could occur during severe weather, a tree can also pose a threat simply by having weakened or dead branches. It’s difficult for the average homeowner to measure the threat a branch poses, which is why if there are any suspicions, you should call a certified arborist. A tree can cause massive damage depending on its size and placement on your property.
Improving the Safety of Others
Your tree may not pose a threat to your property or your family, but what about pedestrians and drivers who are passing by? When determining your pruning needs, think about whether or not branches could be obstructing your sidewalk or the view of the road. This will keep those in your community safe and prevent accidents happening around your property.
Increasing Property Value
Trees may not be a physical part of your home, but they are a physical part of your property and weigh in on its value. Keeping your trees pruned is aesthetically appealing, adding to the value (and health benefits) of your property. Pruning your trees can also improve the growing conditions of your lawn because of the increased rain and sunlight they receive.
You may be hesitant to prune a tree on your property due to its height or because you’re not sure whether or not a branch needs to be pruned. Ostvig Tree Care offers tree and shrub pruning, handled by professionals with the expertise to know what to prune and when to prune. Contact us by calling 952-473-0534.