The main reason for pruning trees, are safety health and aesthetics. It can also be used to stimulate fruit and flower growth.
Pruning for safety involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, trimming branches that interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways, and removing branches that grow into utility lines.
Pruning for health involves removing diseased of insect-infested wood, thinning the crown to increase air flow and reduce some pest problems, and removing crossing and rubbing branches.
Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during severe weather. Removing broken or damaged limbs encourages wound closure.
Branch/Limb Removal Sometimes it is only necessary to remove the odd branch. This could be for a number of reasons – e.g. growing to close to a building, obstructing a driveway, crossing a neighbour’s boundary, etc.