Dangers of Over Pruning Part 1
We’ve got to say that when it comes to rookie companies and other inexperienced tree care providers, over pruning is one of the worst mistakes you could possibly mistake. Trees take years and years to grow and prosper. Unfortunately all it takes is one cut to ruin everything.
There is simply no valid reason to over prune a tree. Experts should be pruning for a set of specific reasons:
- Increase air flow through the canopy
- Increase light penetration
- Remove dead, diseased, or broken branches
Large, unnecessary cuts made to a tree open up wounds. If done on a large enough scale especially during the wrong season, your basically giving an invitation for pests, creatures and tree disease to take over. This will inevitably result in tree decay.
Food production is a biggie for trees. The foliage of the tree is what is needed to make it grow and keep it healthy. The tree’s roots absorb nutrients through the soil which eventually make their way to the foliage which produces food through photosynthesis. Removing foliage is cutting off opportunities for tree growth and nutrient absorption.
Increased maintenance costs annually are a given since you’d like to maintain the aesthetics of you’re tree. Sprouts will be popping up all over the place. Bad pruning practices mean more trips to the customer for the tree care company. Less is more.