- the complete removal of a tree to ground level. This can be done from the ground or where space permits, lowered in sections safely to the ground with the use of ropes and harnesses.
– The two main reason for pruning trees, are for health and safety reasons and visual appeal. It can also be used to stimulate fruit and flower growth.
Pruning for safety involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trimming branches that interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways, and removing branches that grow into utility lines.
Pruning for health involves removing diseased of insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase air flow and reduce some pest problems, and removing crossing and rubbing branches.
Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Removing broken or damaged limbs encourages wound closure.