Are You Looking for Tree Pruning in Halifax and Surrounding Areas?

Arborist Halifax provides efficient and professional tree services.

“Proper pruning is one of the best things that can be done for a tree, improper pruning is one of the worst things that can be done for a tree.” ~ Dr. Alex Shigo

Some people think pruning tree is wasteful and unnecessary; after all, trees in the forest grow just fine without it. What may not be obvious is only one in a billion seeds in a forest grows into a mature tree. In contrast, all urban trees are expected to reach their maturity.

Structural pruning can help a tree’s overall health, resulting in trees being more resilient to storms, snow or ice, while improper pruning can shorten a tree’s life span. Therefore, pruning plays a big role in preventative tree care.

The two main objectives of pruning are to improve the appearance of trees and reduce the risk of failure by improving and strengthening the tree structure.

Ideally, pruning should be part of the regular maintenance of trees. Pruning strategies should be matched with the stage of life of a tree.

There is an entire science behind pruning. That’s why having pruning done by trained arborists can be a big benefit.

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What Are the Benefits of Tree Pruning?

  • Reduces the risk of failure and boosts wind resistance
  • Removes dead, broken, split or infected branches
  • Maintains or improves health
  • Improves view and aesthetics
  • Increases life span and resilience
  • Shapes the crown and directs the future growth
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Tree Pruning FAQ

Tree pruning is the selective removal of branches from a tree. The objective is to remove dead, diseased or overgrown branches, improve the tree’s health, and structure, direct new, healthy growth, as well as improve the overall appearance of the tree. Pruning can also be used to lighten heavy branches.

Tree pruning can remove any plant parts that have a disease, fungi, and other types of decay, stopping them from spreading to healthier branches. Removing these branches can expose the rest of the tree to more sunlight and nutrients, which boosts the overall health of the tree and fruit production (if applicable). Pruning also helps improve air circulation within a tree and reduces moisture buildup that can lead to diseases. When the trees are healthy and have a strong structure, they’re more resilient to poor weather conditions.

Pruning and trimming are similar yet slightly distinct tree care practices. Trimming removes excess branches to improve the shape and size, while pruning focuses on removing infected, dead or diseased branches of a tree to preserve its health and beauty. Trimming is usually done once a year, while pruning may be required only every 2-3 years. Ultimately, the frequency depends on the tree type, growth speed and objectives. In any case, both tree care processes help boost the proper growth of trees and nutrient absorption for the long-term sustainability of your green friends.

There is never a wrong time to remove dead, damaged or infected branches but mid to late winter is the most optimal time. Pruning while trees are dormant encourages new growth when the spring season approaches. Furthermore, in winter, it’s easier to recognize which limbs need removal since the leaves have been shed in autumn.

Tim Spence (AT-0750A)