Tree pruning involves many different objectives. Removing deadwood from trees is probably the most obvious pruning technique. Deadwood is an entry port into the tree for viral, fungal, bacterial pathogens, borers, carpenter ants, and termites. There is also the physical danger of large deadwood falling on people or property. Another aspect of tree pruning is hazardous limb removal. Sometimes limbs can grow very fast and not have enough support strength to withstand high winds, snow, or ice. If these limbs are over power lines or roofs, they can break and cause expensive damage.
Trees are sometimes cut back in height to prevent breakage, especially with certain species that have a tendency to grow quickly with not enough strength-to-weight ratio to support themselves. Thinning is done to open the interior of the tree to promote air passage so diseases cannot grow. Diseases grow much better in moist conditions. Thinning is also done to keep wind resistance down to prevent trees from blowing over.
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There is a misconception in the tree industry that topping a tree is considered an accepted practice, when in most cases, it's not. The most common reason given for topping a tree is to reduce the size. Homeowners often feel that their trees have become too large and pose a hazard or a risk to the property. Topping, however, is not a viable method of reducing height or the hazard. The fact is that the practice of topping will make it more hazardous in the long run. This is an example of the value of a well-trained arborist. There are methods of reduction that do not pose a risk in the long run to either the tree or the homeowner, provided they are done properly.
Shaping trees is purely for aesthetical reasons. Trees sometimes grow in strange shapes and need to be brought back to conform to other plants in the landscape.
Trees can sometimes be raised up. This is called crown raising to elevate the height of low branches over buildings, driveways, or just for head clearance when mowing the lawn.
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