Proper pruning techniques can be used to improve the appearance, health and safety of your trees. The most common pruning techniques are:
- Cleaning: Removal of dead, dying or diseased branches to maintain tree health and safety.
- Elevating: Removal of lower branches and limbs to create clearance for people, vehicle traffic or structure.
- Thinning: Selective removal of live branches to reduce density.
- Reducing: Selective pruning to decrease height or spread to allow for growth within the available space.
More often than not, pruning practices are provided below industry standard. A bucket truck or tree saddle and chainsaw are not the hardest tools to get your hands on. The knowledge and experience of proper pruning practices are. Pruning, by definition, is a horticultural practice involving the selective removal of branches or buds. Proper structural development and maintenance are just as important as any other aspect of arboriculture.