5 Reasons To Prune Your Trees


Regular tree pruning isn't something you do purely for aesthetics, a trim is also important for general tree health. The following are just five of the reasons why you should schedule an annual tree trimming for your landscape trees.

1. Structure Improvement

Poor branch structure can affect more than the appearance of your tree, it can impact its health and even make it more likely to blow down in a storm. It can be especially problematic if the trunk splits into two leaders or if one side of the tree has more branches weighing it down. Regular pruning ensures the tree as one strong central leader and that the branches are balanced on all sides of the tree.

2. Air Circulation

Poor air circulation in the canopy can lead to disease issues caused by fungus or bacteria, as well as pests problems. When air circulates through the canopy, excess moisture on leaf surfaces dries quickly, which cuts down on disease, and insects can't travel as easily between branches. Thinning the canopy helps ensure proper air circulation can occur.

3. Branch Rubbing

Another problem that occurs in a crowded canopy is that some branches cross and rub together, which results in damage to both branches. Damaged branches are more likely to be invaded by disease or pests. With proper trimming, one of the rubbing branches is removed so the other can grow strong and healthy.

4. Deadwood Removal

Deadwood up in the canopy may not seem like a big deal, especially when the tree is in full leaf and you can't really see the damage. Unfortunately, that deadwood poses a hazard. It will eventually break off, and larger branches can damage the tree when they finally break. Even more alarming, a falling branch can result in injury or damage to anyone or thing below. Plan to have any deadwood removed as soon as you notice it for the safety of your tree, family, and house.

5. Damage Prevention

An overgrown tree, particularly one growing near your house or another structure, can result in major damage. Falling leaves can clog gutters and collect on roofs, which can lead to roof damage. Branches that actually touch the house can scrape off shingles, damage siding, or even break a window. Have the branches trimmed back so that they can't actually reach the house, not even during windy more weather.

Contact a tree service company like Baumann Tree for more assistance. 


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A Tree For Every Yard

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