Things You Need to Know About Tree Pruning

You basically think about tree pruning as a maintenance intended to make sure the safety and health of your property and trees, and you would be correct. Regular tree pruning gives a lot of benefits which can make the life of your tree longer by enabling stronger tree growth and structure while decreasing risk due to weak or dead branches.

However, did you know that pruning can also be associated with fire safety? It is true, neglecting your trees usual care or pruning increases the possibility of fire because of the low-lying branches as well as the excess yard waste such as sticks, barks and leaves. Why delay tree pruning when you could begin as soon as possible?


A good start will begin by recognizing tree health and some problem areas in order to determine what trees could be vulnerable to fire.

The following are some of the signs of distressed trees:

  1. Noticeable fungus growth or rot
  2. Falling limbs which are brittle or dry
  3. Frail bark falling off the tree
  4. Leafless branches or excessive leaf loss

A tree that is already dying may also be dangerous to fire and should be removed as soon as possible. A well-experienced and professional tree trimming service provider will definitely help you to address and identify such potential dangers.

Correct Tree Spacing

Horizontal Spacing

If several trees are close to one another, there must be a horizontal clearance of at least ten feet between tree branches or structures such as deck, garage and house.

Vertical Spacing

It is recommended to get rid of all the branches of your tree at least six feet off the level of the ground for single trees. In addition to that, if there are nearby bushes or shrubs to allow more space for trimming branches to give enough clearance which is three folds the height of the bush or shrub.

This interval is increased when you deal with trees on slopes:

Mild or Flat Slope – 10 ft.

Mild to Moderate Slope – 20 ft.

Moderate to Steep Slope – 30 ft.

The basic idea of spacing is to clear and create adequate space between shrubs and trees to slow or prevent the spread of fire on your place.

 Defensible Space

A highly reputable fire protection organization has recommended checklist for safeguarding properties to avoid the spread of wildfire. The main goal is to create a buffer zone or what is called the defensible space that surrounds your property which is clear of thick or overgrown vegetation which may increase acceleration of the fire.

This fire protection organization advocates that the space extends up to 100 feet away from your house and other physical structure and is categorized into two zones such as:

Zone 1: 30 ft. from structures

Remove all dry or dead vegetation

Give clearer space between bushes, trees and other flammable stuff like swing sets, sheds, and patio furniture

Zone 2: 30-100 ft. from structures

Create a vertical space between ground and trees

Create a horizontal space between bushes and trees

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