If your home shares its lot with mature trees, you’re no stranger to pruning. But when fall rolls along, pruning becomes important not so much for the health or aesthetic appeal of your trees, but rather for the safety of your property and the community. After the summer growth cycle has ended—once trees have entered their dormant period—inspect them for overgrown limbs that may pose a potential danger. For instance, if you see branches scraping against your home's roof or exterior siding, cut them back to a distance of at least three feet. By the same token, if you encounter dead, broken, or dying branches, carefully remove them before they get the chance to fall on your home, your car, a power line, or worse yet, a pedestrian.