General tree pruning is a preventative measure of tree care which reduces the potential of problems in the future. Regular tree pruning also improves visual appeal of your garden and keeps your trees in a great condition, encouraging growth. It is also important to ensure trees stay structurally sound and therefore reducing the risk of a tree posing a safety hazard. Methods of tree pruning include:
- Crown Lifting removing the lower branches to heighten the canopy of the tree. This technique is very effective at increasing light in gardens and through windows.
- Crown Thinning Removal of secondary branches within the trees crown. This retains the trees shape and size but allows light and air to circulate through the tree. This technique is very useful if there is a concern about the tree in high winds.
- Crown Reduction Reducing the height or spread of a trees crown, usually back to suitable growth points. This reduces the crowns overall size.
- Dead Wood This involves the removal of dead or damaged branches. This is a main element of tree management and ensures there is no safety risk should there be adverse weather conditions.