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Introduction to Tree Pruning

Pruning trees and shrubs A tree may need pruning for a variety of reasons:

to remove diseased or storm-damaged branches
to thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation
to reduce the height of a tree
to remove obstructing lower branches
to shape a tree for design purposes


Once the decision has been made to prune, your next decision is whether or not to tackle the job yourself. In the case of a large tree where you want to remove big branches in the upper area of the crown, it may be best to hire experts. Large tree pruning, in particular, can require climbing and heavy saws or even cherry-pickers and chain saws. This is a job that should be left to trained and experienced professionals. Never compromise personal safety in pruning a tree.

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