There are many reasons to prune and many types of pruning. The first thing to know is what you are trying to achieve. Pruning objectives like hazard reduction and maintenance include one or more of the following:
- Safety Concerns or Risk Reduction
- Tree Health Management
- Clearance or Crown Raising from Utility Lines or Structures
- Vista Pruning to Enhance View or Visibility
- General Appearance or Shaping
- Crown Restoration or Damage Control
Here is an explanation of some of the common terms used in pruning. If you have questions or concerns about your trees you can always contact LawnTech and one of our Certified Arborists can assist you and provide a Free Estimate.
Cleaning includes the removal of dead, diseased or broken branches.
Crown raising is increasing the vertical clearance of the tree for mowing, pedestrian or vehicle access.
Reduction is for light shaping of tree, or trimming to clear a particular object.
Thinning is for reducing the weight of a branch and let light and air flow into the tree.
Crown restoration is selective pruning to redevelop the structure, form and appearance of poorly pruned, vandalized or damaged trees.
Vista pruning consists of the use of one or more pruning methods to acquire a line of sight or obtain a particular view.
Espalier pruning is to train growth along a specific plain.
Hazard reduction is to help reduce the risk of specific target, such as a house or people/vehicles going under. This includes removing large dead branches or other defined hazard branches in a tree.
If you don’t know why you are pruning, you shouldn’t be doing it. Tree pruning can be do-it-yourself if you are up for it. A typical home owner can successfully maintain small trees and shrubs themselves if desired, but larger trees should always be done by professionals.