What happens if you don't prune trees?

While not all trees die from diseases, you may notice some dead wood. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but cutting (or pruning) the tree helps in many ways.

What happens if you don't prune trees?

While not all trees die from diseases, you may notice some dead wood. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but cutting (or pruning) the tree helps in many ways. Removing tree branches above shoulder height can result in serious injury or even death. What may look like a small branch to the untrained eye can be very dense and heavy.

If a tree branch falls on you, you could suffer a permanent injury or even die. In addition, trees and tree branches don't necessarily fall where they're expected to fall, and sometimes removing a branch can destabilize the entire tree. You might think you're just pruning, but it's possible that more will fall off the tree than you expected. You could even cause the whole tree to fall, possibly with you in it.

Tree pruning is a science and an art. If you prune your trees without understanding the principles of pruning and growing trees, you risk creating a repetitive pattern of tree damage that can cause them to decline. Every pruning cut made on a tree is a wound, but a correct pruning cut allows the tree to seal the injured area and prevent insects and diseases from taking hold inside the tree. When the tree is more mature, the arborist often prunes it to thin out its dense canopy or remove weak branch structures.

Winter is the dormant season for plants and trees in northeastern Ohio and is an excellent time to prune most trees and shrubs. Using lion tailings is no substitute for cleaning or reducing tree crowns, and qualified tree trimmers never do.

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