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Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure undertaken by tree surgeons in Glasgow and beyond. Although forest trees grow quite well with only nature’s pruning, landscape trees require a higher level of care to maintain their safety and aesthetics.
What does pruning involve?
Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree’s life.
Since each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as a corrective or preventative measure.
Common reasons for pruning are to:
- remove dead branches
- remove crowded or rubbing limbs
- eliminate hazards
- increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown,
- increase light and air to landscape below tree
Routine thinning does not necessarily improve the health of a tree. Trees produce a dense crown of leaves to manufacture the sugar used as energy for growth and development. Removal of foliage through pruning can reduce growth and stored energy reserves.
Heavy pruning can be a significant health stress for the tree. Yet if people and trees are to co-exist in an urban or suburban environment, then we sometimes have to modify the trees.
City environments do not mimic natural forest conditions. Safety is a major concern. Also we want trees to complement other landscape plantings and lawns. Proper pruning, with an understanding of tree biology, can maintain good tree health and structure while enhancing the aesthetic and economic values of our landscapes.