Pruning technique matters. Well-done pruning will improve a tree’s value, but poor pruning can harm a tree and make it worthless for timber. This video discusses which trees it makes sense to prune and how to do it.
Oak wilt is a serious disease that can kill healthy oaks in a matter of weeks. Pruning at the wrong time of year can spread this disease. This video explains oak wilt and when to prune oaks to minimize the chances of them getting sick.
Wild apple trees are an important food for wildlife, but overcrowding within a tree and between neighboring trees can reduce the number of apples they produce. Prune branches and clear around wild apple trees to help them grow more fruit.
Trees provide food, dens, and nest sites for wildlife, but some trees are more useful to animals than others. Once you find trees that provide the most value to wildlife, you can cut adjacent trees to give the remaining ones more room to grow.
Tree species, size, and quality all affect how much a logger will pay for your timber. Like weeding a garden, you can boost the future income of your woodlot by cutting poorly growing trees to give higher-value ones more room to grow.