WCA encourages communities to establish a proactive approach to tree maintenance through pre-designated grids or districts which are pruned in their entirety on a set schedule.  Regardless of the amount of a community’s tree maintenance budget, a systematic tree maintenance schedule reduces costs by decreasing the need for “emergency” or “service request” pruning.  Proactive maintenance helps prevent liability problems (such as dead or weak branches) which increases public safety, reduces tree mortality and improves the urban forest’s health and value; all of which results in content residents.

Objectives of tree pruning are:

  • Reduce the risk of failure
  • Provide clearance
  • Reduce shade and wind resistance
  • Maintain health
  • Influence fruit or fruit production
  • Improve a view
  • Improve aesthetics

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