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6 Important Benefits of Tree Pruning

Did you know that there are over three trillion trees in the world, with the United States accounting for 228 billion?

The professionals at say, having trees in your yard is a great way to decorate your garden, introduce shaded areas, and encourage more wildlife into your property. However, to keep them growing and healthy, you need to do a number of maintenance tasks such as pruning.

In this guide, we’re going to look at what pruning is and why you need to do it in your garden.

What Is Tree Pruning?

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Trees come with a wealth of benefits, for example, homes with trees sell quicker and are worth 5-15% more money than those without. They can also help the environment by reducing carbon monoxide and providing habitats for wildlife. But you need to make sure you look after them, otherwise, this could decrease the value of your home and do more damage than good to the environment.

But how do you take care of them and what is pruning? Pruning is where you remove certain parts of the tree, such as the branches or buds.

The pruning is done for a variety of reasons. Common reasons for pruning a tree include:

  • removing dead parts
  • shaping and redirecting the growth
  • improving health
  • removing dangerous branches (that might fall)
  • reducing the shading in a garden
  • clearing space between a tree and a structure.

Fruit trees might also be pruned to encourage better quality fruit for the next harvest. Pruning must be done carefully because leaving large wounds on the trunk might make it more susceptible to diseases. That’s why many people choose an arborist to prune and maintain their trees.

Is Tree Pruning and Trimming the Same Thing?

Pruning and trimming are two very different things, but both are important for your tree care. Pruning is often done to prevent loose or dead branches from harming people, plants, or structures. Whereas, trimming is often done to remove overgrown branches, such as those that are getting too big and casting too much shade in your garden.

However, the terms pruning and trimming may be used to describe any type of removal. There are four main types of pruning and trimming.

Fine pruning is where you remove small branches and twigs to improve the appearance of the tree. Standard pruning is where you cut more branches off to improve the structure.

Hazard trimming is, as the name suggests, used to improve safety. Often hazard trimming involves removing branches that are two inches or thicker in diameter.

And the fourth type of pruning and trimming is known as crown reduction trimming. This is where major branches are removed, often due to dieback, disease, or after storm damage. Crown reduction trimming might also be done to keep branches from interfering with the power line.

What Are the Benefits of Pruning Trees?

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As mentioned, there are a variety of reasons you need to prune your trees. These reasons also provide a number of benefits for your yard, your garden, and you.

1. Promotes Better Health

Proper pruning can promote health. This is often done by removing dead or dying branches, that if left could be dangerous in terms of falling on people or your property. Removing branches also promotes health because it prevents disease or decay from spreading from one part of the tree to all of it.

2. Improves Appearance

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Pruning and trimming can help to improve the appearance of your tree, landscaping, and yard. Regular maintenance helps to keep the structure happy too, which means that there will be less costly problems for you further down the line. Those looking to sell their properties should definitely think about keeping their gardens and yards appearance in check, as it might help to sell your property quicker.

3. Gain More Fruit

If you have an apple, pear, orange, or any other type of fruit trees in your garden, it’s important to regularly prune and trim them. Pruning fruit trees can help to improve the quantity and size of the fruit in the next harvest. You should always wait until the harvest is finished and then prune and trim them in later winter.

4. Improve Shape

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Pruning can help to shape it, especially with younger ones. Shaping can help with the structure and reduce root loss. Regularly pruning can allow you to have them grow how you want, which in turn can allow you to plant more shrubs and landscape plants, even in a small yard. A nicely shaped and clean landscape can make all the difference in the appearance of your home.

5. Provide More Sunlight

Trimming and pruning can help to bring more sunlight into your yard. This can help the trees to grow stronger, more shapely, and healthier. The sunlight also allows you to grow other plants below the trees. Allowing more light into your yard can also benefit the growth of the grass in your lawn.

6. Make the Most of Your View

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Pruning and trimming can also help to improve your view and let more light into your property. Nobody wants their view to be ruined by an out-of-control forest in their garden, so make sure you make a habit of keeping your landscape in check. After all, having an attractive view from your home can be both relaxing and enjoyable.

Reap the Benefits of Tree Pruning in Your Garden

As you can see, pruning comes with a variety of benefits that can help keep your yard looking neat and tidy, keep your trees safe and healthy, and save you money in the long-term. Remember to regularly prune your trees or get the help of a professional tree care specialist to prune them for you.

Get in touch with a friendly local service company to receive your service estimate, or to discuss your needs and find out how they can help you.

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