Article 1: The reasons you prune a tree
There are many reasons for pruning trees. Pruning will make trees more safe, increase vigor and
health, and will make a tree more beautiful. Value-added benefits of pruning includes stimulating fruit
production and increase the value of timber.
Pruning for safety
Remove branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trim branches that
interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways, and remove branches that grow into utility lines. Safety
pruning can be largely avoided by carefully choosing species that will not grow beyond the space available to
them, and have strength and form characteristics that are suited to the site.
Pruning for health
This involves removing diseased or insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase airflow
which will 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 encourage wound closure.
Pruning for aesthetics
Pruning can enhance the natural form and character of trees and stimulates flower production.
Pruning for form can be especially important on open grown trees that do very little self-pruning.