LEFT: These cuts were made to try and let more light in (I can only assume). Proper pruning does not remove lower portions of the tree
so drastically. Instead, thinning of the entire canopy to allow light to pass through is better. Proper tree selection is also
important. A more upright growing variety of tree may have been more appropriate.
RIGHT: Improper pruning practices such as the topping of these large silver maples, only creates problems in the years to come.
1. Water sprouts with weak attachment points will break quite easily in bad weather conditions. 2. Large topping cuts invite
decay and die back of main leaders, which in turn creates hazards that may not be seen for years down the road.