3 Reasons Why Regular Tree Pruning Is Essential

When was the last time that you had any of your trees pruned by a professional? Have you ever had them pruned at all, whether by yourself or by someone else? A lot of people tend toward the school of thought that it's not necessary to prune trees on a regular basis. While this philosophy may work out sometimes, there are a number of reasons why you should at least prune your trees every few years, if not on a yearly basis. Some of the most important of these reasons include:

Pest control and elimination: You can't eliminate pests if you don't know that they're there. While there are some obvious signs of infestation by various wood-eating insects, the reality is that these may not be obvious to you until it is too late to save the tree. But during the tree pruning process, the workers will be looking for more subtle signs that your tree is under attack by ants, termites, borers, and other pests. Having your tree treated at the first sign of infestation will save you time and expense in the long run because you won't have to pay to have the tree cut down after these pests kill the tree.

Prevent property damage: The closer a tree is to a building, the more likely it is to drop a limb on the roof that is heavy enough to cause damage. Even if the tree isn't directly beside any buildings, strong winds could cause a large branch to break free and crash into the roof. Depending on your insurance company, this sort of event may be handled under a so-called "act of God" clause, and they may pay little or nothing towards the necessary repairs. Regular tree pruning will eliminate the most likely candidates for this possibility, helping to eliminate the danger that may be posed by the tree. 

Better health: When trees grow, they do so almost randomly. Each type of tree has a certain look, but there can still be a large variation within that general shape. Branches may become crowded and/or cross each other, or the tree may have many branches on one side with few branches on the other. These things can be detrimental to the health of the tree, with the tree using up valuable energy to promote growth in an otherwise unviable limb. Regular tree pruning will eliminate these unsightly and unhealthy branches, allowing your tree to grow better and more freely as a result.

For more information, contact local tree pruning services like Alley Tree Removal