Tree pruning is an important process to perform on trees for a variety of reasons. At its most basic level, pruning trees involves removing damaged, dead or structurally weak limbs, which improves a tree’s health and reduces the chance of damage to people and property caused by falling limbs. More advanced pruning methods aid in improving trees structure and long-term health.
Both healthy trees and trees with structural defects can benefit from various pruning techniques such as crown raising, thinning, cleaning and reduction. Crown cleaning is a type of selective pruning technique done to reduce the risk of falling branches as well as reduce the movement of decay, insects and diseases from dead or dying branches into the rest of the tree.