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Pruning: Why do we have to prune trees?

Pruning trees - Émondage SBP

Are you a home or business owner and wondering whether you should be pruning or not the trees you have in your yard or garden? Here are a few good reasons to do so, as well as some tips on how to proceed so as not to interfere with the natural growth of your plants when cutting them.

Pruning trees to maintain their shape

Among other things, pruning trees allows them to keep their shape. Tree pruning offers many advantages to residential and commercial owners, particularly in urban areas, where trees often have to co-exist with other plantations, infrastructure and the environment.

The basis of pruning is to maintain the natural shape of the tree while controlling the
growth of its branches to prevent them from entangling in power lines, facilities or encroaching on a neighbour’s property.

In urban areas, the pruning of trees helps to balance the tree’s silhouette, keeping it looking good for longer and in harmony with other elements of nature.

Maintain trees to keep them healthy longer

In addition to the structure and cohabitation with other plant species, pruning plays a vital role since this technique allows a tree to stay healthy longer. Pruning also allows the removal of dead or undergrowth branches that can interfere with tree growth.

By removing the dead branches, you prevent rot from forming and contaminating the rest of the tree structure, which is still healthy. You also make sure that it remains safe by destroying branches that may be dangerous to people or surrounding objects.

Rules to be observed for pruning

Depending on the type of tree you want to prune, there are some basic rules to follow. In general, it’s not advisable to remove more than 20% of the tree leaf mass. It is also advisable to prune when the plants are still dormant, i. e. during winter or early in the warm season.

Consult a professional

When it comes to pruning, it’s not always easy to know what to do. If in doubt as to why and when to prune trees, you can always consult with professional pruning professionals such as Émondage SBP, who will be able to provide you with adequate information on the best way to keep your trees healthy and beautiful.

What’s more, this company will be able to do the work for you, ensuring that your trees have been cut to perfection and that they will retain their beautiful appearance for a longer period of time.