A tree can be a beautiful and practical addition to any home garden but they need to be regularly pruned in order to keep them safe and looking their best. Here’s what you need to know about tree pruning.
What is Tree Pruning?
Tree pruning is undertaken for several reasons including to remove dangerous or hazardous branches, to remove dead or diseased wood, to improve the shape of the tree, to reduce the weight of the tree, to manage the height and spread of the tree, to allow more light to filter through the tree, to remove or repair damaged caused by storms and so forth.
The pruning may be done from the ground but in many cases, the professional doing the pruning will need to climb the tree using specialised climbing equipment or use a crane or cherry picker to access higher areas.
Why Use a Professional for Tree Pruning?
Tree pruning is undertaken by a specialist such as an arborist or tree surgeon. It is important to use a professional as they are trained and will take what needs to be while leaving the rest of the tree alone. They will also have the necessary insurances, and are trained in how to work with trees safely (in regards to the equipment used). By pruning a tree yourself, you run the risk of removing the incorrect branches, or even damaging the tree (through things such as causing uneven weight distribution, removing an important support branch, and so forth).
The professional that you choose will also be able to liaise with your local council and obtain permission for pruning where necessary.
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