health: Maintain health by cleaning the canopy, especially in
medium-aged and mature trees. Removing dead, diseased and rubbing
branches in the canopy of young trees may be a lesser priority. Root
pruning can also be used to reduce the rate of spread of certain
vascular disease, like oak wilt and Dutch elm disease.
flower or fruit production: The number and/or size of flowers or
fruit can be influenced by pruning. Fruit size can be increased on
certain plants like peaches by removing some of the developing fruit or
flowers. Flower cluster size can be increased on crape myrtle and some
other trees by making heading cuts on many branches. Fruit production
can be eliminated by removing flowers.
a view: A view can be enhanced or opened by removing live branches.
This pruning can include thinning, reducing, pollarding and raising.
aesthetics: A tree can be pruned to make it look more appealing.
Cleaning, reducing (shaping), thinning, pollarding and restoring can be
used to meet this objective.
with what you’ve read above, you can see the importance of pruning. I
hope this helps both you and your trees. Good Luck!
David Hubbard is a
Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.