Tree pruning is the most basic aspect of tree care. Regular pruning will increase a trees life span by decreasing the likeliness of pests, disease, and breakage. Removal of dead wood and excessive sucker growth allows for more sunlight and airflow within the tree. Pruning also promotes new growth and allows for more sunlight to your lawn and other plants. Another reason for pruning is for structural clearance. All structures including houses, garages, and fences, should have at least 4 ft. of clearance from any part of a tree to avoid frictional damage and the transfer of pests like: termites, roaches, carpenter ants, and squirrels