In the forest, trees are free to play by their own rules. They can spread their limbs out, stretch their branches up as high as they’ll grow, and send old, weak limbs down to the forest floor in a freefall.
The trees in our backyards and along our streets don’t have quite as much freedom–and for good reason. Of course, we want our trees to look natural while also ensuring they grow strong and don’t become a safety risk.
…and that’s where pruning comes in! While you may have heard the term and know it has something to do with trimming your trees, read on to learn exactly what pruning is, why we do it and how it’s done.
Pruning is when you selectively remove branches from a tree. The goal is to remove unwanted branches, improve the tree’s structure, and direct new, healthy growth.
“Pruning is one of best things you can do for your trees,” said Mark Mann of Davey’s South Austin, Texas, office. “A proper prune is both an investment in the long-term health of your plants and in the overall look and safety of your property.”
When you trim your trees, you get all these benefits!
Different tree goals call for different tree trimming methods.
Here’s a breakdown of the most common types: