Why Prune Your Trees?


Pruning is much more than the simple act of sawing off limbs and should be a regular part of all tree and shrub maintenance programs.

Proper pruning encourages strong growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health, and removes damaged limbs, all which give aesthetic appeal to a tree. Pruning at the right time and in the right way is critical, since it is possible to kill a healthy tree through neglect or over-pruning. Essentially, pruning should enhance the trees natural shape.

Here are a few main reasons to prune your trees:

  • Reduce risk of failure from dead or weak branches
  • Provide clearance
  • Reduce shade and wind resistance
  • Manage tree health
  • Manage flower or fruit production
  • Improve aesthetics
  • Improve tree structure
  • Save a storm-damaged tree

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19 Comments on Why Prune Your Trees?

  1. A lot of people aren’t sure when the best time to prune is. Very informative!

  2. Thanks for bringing to my attention that pruning can help with managing fruit production. I have a cherry tree in my yard, but the fruit it produces isn’t very good, so it just ends up making a mess in our yard. Could pruning services help to reduce the amount of cherries that the tree produces?

  3. Really solid article. We are a newer tree service business so always looking for quality information that will help us expand our tree care services to our clients. It’s inspiring to always push our experience & abilities to new levels. Thanks for providing some great tree care information to those of us in need of it!!!

  4. Great article and nice list of reasons you should properly prune trees!

  5. Glad I came across this. Being a tree service professional, I’m always trying to educate my customers on the importance of regular tree care and pruning. It’s nice to have a professional article to point them to.

  6. Interesting article – pruning trees is often a overlooked facet of keeping them at their best. Pruning should be done on all of your trees, not just the birches!

  7. Appreciate the article – when we opened up a tree care business a while back this is something I really had to educate our clients on. It can be hard to get people to realize where the importance is. Great article, thanks again.

  8. Keeping your trees pruned is very important. Doing this will help your trees be beautiful and flourish. Great article.

  9. Pruning your trees of dead branches is indeed a really good idea. That risk of failure listed in the article can be that it causes damage to the rest of the tree, and/or that it could break and fall randomly. You wouldn’t want it to fall on anything important like your car or someones head.

  10. I also wanted to add that it is a great service you guys have with this blog about trees and tree service. Very nice to see some great information up on the internet in an easy to follow way. I’ll definitely be visiting again soon. Thanks again.

  11. This is a really great article on trimming and pruning trees. Some home and business owners take chances not realizing just how important it is to keep trees maintained for safety and looks. Thanks for the information it is very helpful.

  12. Thanks for sharing such important information on trimming trees and why it’s so important for looks and safety reasons to keep your trees pruned. I wish more people put trimming their trees as priority!

  13. I had no idea about the benefits of pruning a tree. I thought it was interesting to learn, “Proper pruning encourages strong growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health, and removes damaged limbs…” We are moving to a property that has a significant amount of shrubs and trees, would you suggest that I learn how to do this my self, or hire help? I don’t have any experience with this kind of yard work. Thanks for your help!

  14. It is interesting for me to learn how and why to prune a tree. I did not know that it actually kept the tree healthy. That is a really great way to stop dangers from happening in your yard.

  15. Thank you. Your article is very helpful to me.

  16. Wind resistance can be one of the worst qualities of a tree, for its own health. It can be ripped and tore up by a strong wind otherwise. Sometimes there is a tornado/hurricane, and the tree is uprooted.

  17. I’m able to prune some of smaller trees, but I cannot prune my larger, older trees. Recently, the branches started getting too long and broad, so I’m worried that could fall over on a windy day. So, with that worry in mind, I’m thinking that I need to hire a professional tree service company to help me.

    Alex Jennings |

  18. I wasn’t aware that pruning had so many advantages beyond aesthetics, like encouraging the production of fruit and flowers, as the article explains. I recently adopted some trees at a new home I moved into, and must admit I don’t know how to care for them. I’ll have to be sure to learn to prune correctly, since I enjoy the trees and want them to thrive.

  19. I agree that properly pruning your trees is important. Not just for the aesthetic appeal, but also for safety reasons. Like you said, pruning reduces risk of failure from dead or weak branches.

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