Pruning Your Trees is More Important Than You Think

With hurricane season already upon us, many homeowners living near the ocean are taking part in their annual tree pruning traditions. Here in Kentucky, though, we don’t usually endure harsh weather conditions from hurricanes. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, on the other hand, do cause some major problems. These storms are just the reason why tree pruning is just as important in the bluegrass state as it is in Florida.

Why Should You Prune a Tree?

If you’ve never pruned your trees, you’re n0t alone. Many never do because it is falsely believed that letting a tree grow in its natural form is best. Pruning your trees actually extends their lives by keeping them from damage that could cause an early demise, leaving you with a big, empty spot on your property. Here are some other reasons pruning your trees is something you should do each year.

Pruned Trees = Healthy Trees
  • Removing damaged or diseased branches to prevent insects or disease from going deeper into your healthy tree.
  • Thinning the density of the tree allows more air and sunlight to penetrate giving way to a healthier tree.
  • Simply eliminating crossing branches prevents tree-on-tree damage.
  • If your tree is young and you have two codominant leaders in the structure, prune down to one., n the earlier years lop off co-tree leaders leaving. Two large trunks make for a future split but having one primary trunk helps a tree last for many years

Tree Pruning for Family & Property Protection

Did you know a branch of a tree can weigh over a hundred pounds? Imagine that branch broken and falling as a loved one is walking underneath it. Of course, broken limbs can break more than bones; they can damage cars, wreck garages, and fall on your home resulting in water, roof, and major personal property damage.

When Should You Prune a Tree?

Those damaged or diseased limbs should be removed as soon as you spot them. Other than that the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth has begun. It’s true that pruning can be done anytime but it’s always good to avoid hotter dry periods and extreme cold.

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Tree Pruning Advice

Did you know you can prune your own trees? Read up on some tree pruning tips and you can have your home & family protected from that next falling limb. Use the long-handled pruning saw on ornamental trees that are 15 ft tall or less allowing you access from the ground.

As far as those limbs near the power lines, or 20 ft & higher up, you’ll definitely want to call in an experienced arborist. An arborist doesn’t merely come to your property and cut down a bunch of trees. Instead, they will assess your property and make only the changes that are needed to keep your property safe. A bonus of calling an arborist: What you can learn from an arborist can be used later in all of your expert personal pruning.

Only prune if you’re trying to achieve one of the following goals: to train the plant, restrict growth, maintain plant health, or enhance the safety of your property.

Prune in this order: Remove all branches that are dead, damaged or diseased at their point of origin. Then make any training cuts that are needed. Lastly, make any corrective pruning cuts. Here’s a step-by-step tree pruning guide to help you in more detail.

Use the right pruning equipment: Check out this helpful guide for picking out the right pruning shears.

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Why Should I Save My Tree?


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Maybe it was lightning, a storm, disease, or old age that made your wonderful tree get to being not so wonderful. Whatever the reason, you’ve got a tree dying and have to decide if its worth saving. Unfortunately, when someone is asking that question it’s often late in the process of a healthy tree declining, drastic measures have to be taken, and maybe with some patience you can save the old girl. After you read these facts on all that trees do for us that tree you’re thinking about saving may save your life. 


Can My Tree Change the World?

If everyone saved their dying trees the world would most definitely be a better place. It can be quite obvious a tree is not easily replaced. Trees provide protection from the elements, improved cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Best of all trees offer a beautification of your property no stone wall, new planted tree, or bushes can accomplish. Towering upwards of 40, 50 or even 100 ft in the air a mature tree is an absolute worth saving endeavor.

You may not realize it but your tree, that one your thinking about saving can do more than make your property or increase value. A mature tree can be around for generations and do some pretty amazing things for our world.

Trees clean the air

Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.”

Trees save water

Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds – where children spend hours outdoors.

Trees heal

Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature.

Trees reduce violence

Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.

Trees block things

Trees muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.

Trees increase business traffic

Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.

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Looking for some more ideas on why it’s important to save your tree? Check out this list from where we got the ideas for this list and you may just be amazed.

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What is an Arborist?

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You’ve heard the term tree hugger haven’t you? That’s what an arborist is on a small scale, we love trees! But we love them far more than just hugging, we want them to be  safe shelter and beautification to your home for many years to come. An arborist is an expert in what trees like and don’t like but most importantly, on how to help your trees live a long, healthy life.

What is a Certified Arborist?

You know what a Doctor is, someone who takes care of you and your family. An arborist is just that, but for trees. Various dictionaries give us the definition of an arborist clearly:

a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis,treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests.”

Ar ~ bor ~ ist (-ist) n. An Arborist is a professional who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaning trees and other woody plants.”

An arborist is trained in the craft of caring for trees and shrubs. This expert skill includes not just pruning and removal of trees, but an in depth knowledge of tree systems and their interaction with the surrounding environment.

Why Choose an Arborist for Your Tree Care?

The decision to hire someone to work on your trees is not one to be rushed into. Arboricultural services can be extremely dangerous. Pruning and large tree removals should only be performed by trained professionals that have the experience to keep surrounding buildings and people safe. Improper tree services will not only damage your trees but could likely kill them and depreciate the value of your property in the process. 

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The title “ARBORIST” refers to a person who has gained the technical competence to correctly and efficiently care for trees and other woody plants. Arborists are generally called upon to evaluate the condition of trees, make recommendations for their care, and then provide services needed such as pruning, fertilization, and insect and disease control.

Learn more about being an Arborist at the International Association of Arboriculture. Above all, the arborist is a highly qualified professional who recognizes their responsibility is to maintain the value trees can add to life and property for your family, and generations to come.

When To Hire an Arborist?


Arborists can determine what type of pruning is best for the individual tree to maintain its health and improve its appearance and safety. Also, if pruning requires a ladder and a chainsaw, hire a professional.


Arborists can help determine whether or not a tree should be removed, though usually this is a last resort. Arborists have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees. Tree removal is dangerous and should be done by a tree care professional.


Storms can cause major damage to limbs or entire trees. These trees need to be removed or trimmed to lessen the long-term damage to the tree and surrounding property. This is dangerous work and an arborist should be hired to perform this job safely.


Planting the right tree in the right place is important for the long term health of the tree. Arborists can recommend the appropriate tree for the desired location and assist in proper planting.


There are many other services that arborists provide when necessary such as fertilization, insect control, cabling, aeration, and lightning protection. Consulting with an arborist and establishing a plant health care plan will help determine when these services are necessary.

Truth:  Money spent on hiring an arborist is well worth it.

What can a certified arborist do for your trees, landscaping, & home besides being an excellent source of tree care service?

  • Provide expert witness testimony in cases involving damage or injury related to trees
  • Conduct appraisals of tree value in property insurance claims
  • Evaluate the environmental impact of land development
  • Guide the long-term planning for placement and maintenance of trees
  • Educate clients about the preservation of existing trees
  • Hazard Tree Assessments and Survey
  • Expert Witness and Litigation
  • Tree Management for Arboreta, Golf Courses, and Nurseries

Trees provide shelter, reduce heating/cooling bills, protect your home, and best of all add untold value to your home and surrounding property. Years of proper care by a certified arborist can be the difference so give us a call, we’d be happy to say hi to your trees and give you a free consultation.

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