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Three Reasons Why Tree Pruning Is Good For Your Tree

To the casual observer, it might seem as though pruning branches off a tree might harm its health. After all, trees in the forests and woods aren’t pruned by anyone, and they grow just fine on their own. Plus, it’s hard to image how wounding a tree can do it good. However, trees on our residential properties experience different needs and threats to their health compared to trees that grow on their own, so pruning can be extremely beneficial for trees in our urban and suburban areas. Today’s Embark Services blog takes an in-depth look at tree pruning, and why it can make such a positive difference on tree health.

Improves Health and Stability

The first thing to note about tree pruning on our residential trees is that it improves their health and stability, both on an immediate and long-term level. Trees found in forests and wooded areas typically have plenty of room to grow, but our area trees may have limited space, so tree pruning prevent branches and limbs from coming into contact with buildings, structures, or utility areas. Also, a tree allowed to grow without pruning may become overgrown, and the heavy weight of the branches can strain the tree and make it unstable over time. Overgrown trees can split or topple completely, ending the life of the tree and requiring tree removal services.

Increases Safety

The sad truth about trees is that unpruned trees are unsafe trees. When bad weather hits our area, weak or damaged parts of the tree can break off and cause significant personal injuries and property damage. In fact, according to the National Storm Damage Center, trees that are toppled or damaged by severe weather are estimated to account more than $1 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. When we have tree pruning services performed on our residential properties, this greatly reduces the chance that a branch or limb will go flying off during inclement weather.

Encourages Growth

While it might appear counter-intuitive, tree pruning promotes tree growth, not tree decline. Trees need to have dead, damaged, or overgrown branches and limbs removed so that tree nutrients and energy resources can be expended on the healthier parts of the tree. In addition, pruning dead or damaged parts of a tree can discourage tree disease and insect infestations that can devastate tree health. For flowering, fruit, and nut trees, pruning encourages growth by removing older and depleted parts of the tree and encouraging new healthy growth.

If we want to enjoy the multitude of benefits that come with having trees on our residential properties, then we must also ensure that our trees get the proactive and essential care necessary to give them their best chance at stable health and growth. Embark Services’s team of Certified Arborists are ready to help your trees achieve optimal health and growth through our full range of top quality tree services. Our suite of services includes Tree Pruning, Tree Planting, Deep Root Fertilization, Cabling and Bracing, Root Flare Excavation, Tree Removal, and Tree Disease and Insect Treatment. Contact Embark Services today for more information, or fill out our online form to request a free consultation!