All tree care and maintenance companies will agree that in woodlands or forests and other areas of naturally occurring trees, the trees are all vying for the best rays of sunlight for nourishment. In these thickly populated growing environments, these trees usually grow straight upward out of necessity, since they are so close together. However, in landscaped grounds surrounding residences or commercial buildings, there is usually more open space between trees and other vegetation. Due to this fact, trees in these settings often grow large, low, expansive limbs which can be hazardous if they break and fall during stormy or wintry weather. For this reason and to enhance the aesthetics of these landscaped properties, professional tree pruning is essential.

It can be helpful to begin pruning a tree soon after its planting. Even when young, a tree will benefit from having any dead or broken branches pruned. Following its first year of growth, the tree will develop a central trunk or, in some cases, multiple trunks. These trunks are also referred to as leaders. When tree technicians remove smaller stems and branches that are in competition with such trunks and leaders, many growth and development problems can be alleviated.

Although it was once a common practice, pruning paint is no longer used to seal pruning cuts on trees by tree service experts like Arbor Ace Tree Service of Clifton, NJ. These professional arborists now know that by applying this pruning paint, they would increase the possibility of the tree developing harmful microorganisms which endanger tree health, causing disease or decay. Also, topping or pollarding your trees is now considered an unhealthy arboricultural pruning technique that can impede and harm tree growth.

Pruning should be undertaken with conservative practices and ongoing concern for each tree’s wellbeing and longevity. Just enough crown cleaning & thinning to increase airflow and discourage pests and disease is all that is necessary. Of course, sometimes tree branches which overhang a driveway or building entranceway or tangle with overhead power lines must be removed for safety reasons. If removal is necessary for security reasons, aesthetic value must give way to practicality.