Reasons for pruning

  • To direct growth to make a plant look more dense or more open
  • To decrease the amount of shade to bed plantings and lawns and the overall weight on the trunk and branches
  • To rejuvenate old or neglected shrubs by stimulating the growth of vigorous new shoots
  • To keep a plant’s size in check
  • To increase airflow and sunlight to the innermost parts of a tree
  • To remove dead or diseased wood so the integrity of the entire plant is preserved while improving its total aesthetics
  • To reduce a plant’s transpiration rate. This is valuable in areas of the country that periodically experience drought and high winds.
  • To aid transplants in surviving due to the loss of some of their root systems
  • To increase fruit and flowering quality as well as quantity
  • To improve home security
  • To screen or frame a view and improve the look of your home
  • To keep our part of the urban forest healthy