Proper pruning is important to ensure the long-term structural integrity of your trees. Properly pruned trees are not only more aesthetically pleasing but stronger. Pruning young trees can significantly reduce the likelihood of limb or structural trunk failure as the tree matures. This means a longer life span for the tree and a better return on your investment. These resouces serve as a starting point for proper pruning techniques, understanding types of pruning, and choosing the right tool and time for your pruning objectives.
How to Prune is a simple and straight forward guide to pruning trees.
Pruning Young Trees addresses why we prune trees, how to prune them, and when to prune.
Structural Pruning of Young Trees, developed by Bartlett Tree Experts.
Pruning Mature Trees highlights the pruning needs of mature trees and the proper pruning techniques for their care.
Don't Top Trees Campaign materials, provided by Missouri Community Forestry Council.
Pruning Trees webpage developed by the International Society of Arboriculture.