Common reasons for trimming are to remove dead branches, to improve form, and to reduce risk. Trees may also be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as corrective or preventive measures. The amount of live tissue that should be removed depends on the tree’s size, species, and age, as well as the trimming objectives.
Younger trees tolerate the removal of a higher percentage of living tissue better than mature trees do. Generally, no more than 25% of the crown should be removed at once, and less for mature trees. The goal in training young trees is to establish a strong, central trunk with sturdy, well-spaced branches. This form mimics tree growth in forest settings where outward branching is limited by neighboring trees.
We offer a wide variety of pruning options in and around Miami for proper tree maintenance and health of the tree:
Simply put, the following are signs that indicate when it’s time for professional tree trimming: