• Depending on the location of the tree and its branches, pruning a tree can improve traffic or pedestrian flow around or under the tree. Run away branches can make biking or walking on the sidewalk difficult, and pruning makes sure nothing deters from someone’s outing.
• Pruning not only helps with walkways, but it also helps with traffic sign views. Often times tree limbs can grow in front of a street sign making it difficult for drivers to read, which in turn has the potential to cause a disruption in the flow of traffic on the road.
• Pruning can also decrease any safety risks put forth by damaged, diseased or broken limbs. Weak limbs pose hazards to anyone passing by and this could be a potential financial risk to homeowners and businesses alike. This also helps with the health of the tree as a whole.
• Pruning can also reduce the amount of leaf disease on a tree by increasing the flow of air through the canopy of the tree.
• Excess amount of shade can impede the growth of grass or shrubs around the tree. Pruning can ensure these other plants, as well as the lower branches on larger trees, will get the rain and light they need to be just as healthy as the tree.
When you come to the decision to prune a tree, please remember that not all trees are the same and not all pruning methods work for all trees. In fact, there are several wrong techniques that can actually damage the tree instead of help it. If you have never pruned a tree, your best decision is going to be to hire an arborist who can point you in the right direction or someone who does this professionally.