Advantages of Pruning Trees
There are many disadvantages to not pruning a tree. These include low hanging tree limbs, dead branches and bark, and even failure of the whole tree. However, there are tons of advantages to pruning a tree!
These benefits include reducing chance of failure of tree branches as well as the whole tree, improved aesthetic, and easier clearance for pedestrians and passing vehicles. If a tree fails and branches break off or the whole tree comes down, property is likely to be damaged. Not only is property likely to be damaged, but in the United States around thirty people per year are killed by a falling tree. These risks are easily avoided and reduced by allowing the pruning of trees close to businesses, buildings, trails, and parks.
Pruning trees increases personal safety as well as health of the tree itself. It’s extremely important to remember to remove tree branches that are resting near rooftops, utility lines, etc. Forgetting to do this can result in building damage, as well as taking down telephone lines. Animals can also use tree branches to climb onto rooftops which may cause further damage or even allow them into the building. The roof is also very susceptible to moss growth, which can reduce the life of the roof.
Not only does pruning help assure safety, but it assures good health for the tree itself. Pruning assists the stimulation of new growth and increased fruit growth. Research shows that on fruit trees pruning can improve the size, quantity and overall quality of the fruit.