There are as many variations in pruning types as there are species of trees. Total Tree Care follows the most current industry standards in pruning: ANSI A300 2017. A few of the many reasons to prune a tree include: improve the health or safety of the tree, aesthetics, enhance fruit production, mitigate failures or defects, clearance for structures, vehicles, or pedestrians, view clearance or framing, and to create special effects. An aspect of pruning that can be overlooked is formative pruning for structure. As trees grow they often develop multiple tops, crowded growth, and structural defects. When young trees are pruned for structure, these problems can often be eliminated (sometimes over a period of time) preparing the path for an attractive, long lived tree, that is less likely to fail from defects or in storms. Another advantage of structurally pruning young trees is that wound closure is faster and more complete with younger trees and costs less than having the work done later on mature trees.