Identifying what limbs to cut can be one of the most difficult parts of pruning a tree. I discussed the three reason’s why to prune trees in volume 1 of my pruning series: for tree health, cosmetics and structural integrity. However, many times these different reasons would lead you determine that different limbs need to be pruned. Balancing these priorities is where experience and an artistic eye really comes into play. Different people will often come to different conclusions. While weighing your priorities for pruning there are a few general rules you can follow to help error on the side of benefit for the tree.
How to prune trees? The easiest way to prune trees, obviously, is to hire somebody. If your budget or some other factor is preventing this there are a few things you should know to help you on your mission. By now I expect you have read the first three volumes of this 4 volume tree pruning series. If you haven’t read the other articles yet, please do before beginning your pruning session. There is a lot more to know than just how to prune a tree.