Structural Pruning For Trees To Ensure Health And Safety

When you consider trees in nature, you know that, most often, they will grow up in a stand of other similar trees, stretching up toward the sunlight. The natural forest encourages a strong central trunk and reasonable branch size. Now, consider your landscape trees. Most often, they are solitary trees, not having to compete for sunlight. According to Dublin tree trimming and pruning experts, a tree outside its normal habitat will often grow a wide crown, large lower branches, and multiple limbs. Although these can be beautiful to us, they can also mean a tree that is structurally weak. Poor tree structure can result in limb breakage and tree failure. These trees will often be the first ones to fall during a storm but can also be weak in normal conditions.

Structural pruning of the trees in your landscape will help develop a stronger structure, more similar to the one you would find in the forest setting. Structural pruning will favor a single dominant stem, or trunk, and maintain a reasonable branch size. Branches will be spaced and evenly distributed around the main stem to minimize stress. Strong branch attachments will be encouraged and foliage will be evenly distributed.

By the time trees mature, it is more costly to prune a tree correctively. That is why tree trimming experts in Dublin suggest starting structural pruning early in a tree’s life, when the trunk is less than 20 inches in diameter and then every few years to encourage proper growth. Begun early, corrective pruning can encourage healthy development and support the tree growing into a strong and stable mature tree. Early structural pruning will decrease the maintenance of your tree over time and ensure a longer, safer lifespan.

The first ten years in a tree’s life are critical for correcting its structure. The cost savings of early intervention is obvious. At a young age, a tree’s limbs can often be trimmed with hand tools. As a tree matures, pruning becomes more costly, requiring larger tools and often structural supports. A large, mature tree may require regular pruning for up to 25 years to correct structural damage and maintain stability.

For trees in and around buildings and sidewalks, structural pruning is even more important. In these cases, structural pruning is essential in order to mitigate risk and maintain safety of any surrounding property and people. Structural pruning will also remove diseased, dead, weak, or obstructing branches in order to lessen wind resistance and the possibility of branch failure and costly damage. Tree trimming professionals in Dublin usually suggest a regular examination schedule for maintenance of the trees on your property. This will include a structural evaluation of the trees and inspection for health, condition, and overall growth.

If you are looking for a professional in Dublin for tree trimming or structural pruning, consider the experts at ArborWorks, Inc.. Our team of professionals have over 40 years of experience in dealing with pruning and trimming. We can help keep your trees healthy, stable, and from becoming a risk to you and your property.

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