Trees are planted for a variety of reasons: beauty, shade, protection, or privacy. However, to achieve these end results, the trees must be maintained throughout their life. This type of maintenance is good when the tree is mature, but it is extremely important when the tree is young. Properly pruning a young tree is needed to correct structural defects, encourage a strong, central leader, and minimize potential breaks or failures. This type of maintenance can save thousands of dollars over the life of a tree, and can enhance and improve tree benefits.