Regular maintenance is important in keeping home landscaping thriving and attractive. Trees that are not properly pruned can also be safety hazards because dead and weak branches may easily blow or fall off, possibly striking household residents and causing injury. Children playing in trees are especially at risk from harm caused by branches breaking off. Professional tree pruning results in healthy, strong trees with optimal appearance. Fruit and nut trees also provide more abundant yield if pruned correctly.
Many homeowners do not possess the necessary skills or equipment to perform pruning jobs, and others do not have the time to do yard chores. Professional tree care services are recommended to those who want to keep their landscaping looking good as well as those who want to keep their fruit and nut trees providing top-quality food for the table.
One of the main reasons to regularly and correctly prune ornamental trees and shrubbery is to prevent the branches from growing too thick and actually growing into one another. Trees that are left to develop this way often become fire hazards and can also harbor homes for rodents and other wildlife.
Some trees develop suckers growing near the trunk, creating a messy, unattractive appearance. These need to be kept pruned because they're growing from the original rootstock of the tree rather than from the grafted roots, and can therefore severely deplete the tree of necessary nutrients.
Different types of trees have unique pruning needs, and only very rarely can ornamental and fruit trees get by without regular and proper pruning. However, homeowners often cause irrevocable damage to trees when trying to prune them on their own. It's better for a tree never to be pruned at all than to be hacked to pieces by someone who does not know what they are doing. Unless homeowners or other household residents have received training in tree care, it's best to protect the investment in landscaping by hiring a professional service to perform tree pruning duties.