We don’t want to overlook the importance of having a basic tree pruning definition available since we realize most people don’t sit around thinking about trees all day.

Even though we think it’s a bit weird, we also understand you may not be obsessed with height clearance, redirecting energy and tree canopy inspections.

Ah, we love inspecting a good tree canopy!

In the dormant months, between autumn and spring, you’ll find our Supertreeroes out and about pruning the neighbourhood. But what does that mean exactly?

A basic tree pruning definition

Put simply, pruning is cutting back trees to maintain their structural integrity and/or aesthetics.

Think of it as regular maintenance for your landscaping trees.

Why you want to prune trees

Pruning helps trees be ridiculously good looking, which is what we’re all about at Precision Tree Services. But it also helps them grow strong and keeps them safe.

Because here’s the thing, trees can get really big. And sometimes the space they live in can’t or won’t accommodate them. That’s where pruning comes in. By removing strategic parts of the plant, such as branches, it helps the tree fit into the space without being too cramped. Pruning can also help with improving your view or creating a privacy barrier.

Another reason you may want to prune your tree is if it was damaged in a storm and there are dangerous dangly branches just waiting for the right gust of wind to knock them down (we’re looking at you, paper birch!), which could cause damage or injury.

If you own fruit trees, you may have heard that pruning is a good way to increase fruit production. This is true! It may seem counterintuitive to remove branches to actually get more fruit but here’s how it works: many branches and buds means heavy competition for space and energy from the tree. The result is fruit that may not grow to full size and may also suffer in quality, since its sugar content will be lower. Pruning produces immediate growth in the cut area and allows you to remove branches that aren’t producing.

Reasons to contact an arborist for pruning

One of the biggest reasons to bring in a Supertreero for pruning is because an arborist will advise you on the best type of pruning for your unique situation.

Yes, there are different types of pruning. Some is maintenance, some is aesthetic and some is for safety.

When we come for a free site visit, part of our job is to assess the tree and make careful note of any branches that need removal. That’s step one.

Here are a few other things we look for:

  • Limbs interfering with utilities or sidewalks
  • Girdling roots wrapped around the tree trunk
  • Raised soil or bare roots
  • Disease or insect infestation
  • Storm damage
  • Peeling bark

Many times, pruning will be our recommendation but in some cases, tree removal is necessary.

Have questions about your tree’s health? Want to find out more about our professional tree pruning services?

Contact us today with your questions, or to request a free site assessment or estimate.

Tree pruning definition of excellence completed by Precision Tree Services.