How to Prune Trees
Diseased branches can sometimes be removed before they infect the rest of the tree. (Be sure to dip the pruning blade in a 10 percent bleach solution between each cut to avoid spreading disease.) Dead or broken branches can be removed before insects burrow inside to make a home.
Pruning also alleviates potentially hazardous situations. Trimming branches that threaten power lines avoids serious problems, but leave this task to the pros. Large dead or dangling branches should be removed, as well as branches that could interfere with vehicles or lawn mowers. Branches that contact the house on windy days should be cut before they cause damage.
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