Tree Pruning

Pruning is the routine trimming of your trees.  Pruning is both an art and a science, and requires knowledge and patience to do it properly.  Limbs removed improperly are unsightly and cause health problems. 

Simply stated: Hire an arborist to prune your trees! 

Types of pruning include:

• Crown Cleaning:  Crown cleaning can be compared to a good haircut.  It involves removing deadwood, thinning the crown where needed, and removing unnecessary interior canopy to allow air and light to penetrate.

• Crown Reduction: The primary reason for reducing the crown of a tree is to control height and weight.  Unlike topping, crown reduction removes small portions from nearly every limb in the canopy to cause the change.  No more than 25% of individual limb or total canopy is removed, thus, you get maximum effect with the least impact on tree vitality.  This technique may be used on overdeveloped individual limbs also.

• Crown Restoration:  This procedure is used to help a tree recover from storm damage, topping, or improper pruning.  It involves selective pruning for safety, longevity, and form.

• Crown Raising/or Elevation: The crown of a tree is normally raised for “clearance”.  It removes low limbs that interfere with grass cutting, parking your vehicle, trash collection, utility wires, or emergency vehicle access.  It is also raised to create curb appeal for a home, or to restrict animal access to the roof.

• Safety Pruning:  While normally conducted during Crown Cleaning, this type of pruning can be done stand-alone.  It involves removing sizeable deadwood from the crown and stem of the tree.

• Vista Pruning:  This specialized pruning has many applications; it is used to “create a view”.  For instance: To see vehicle traffic at an intersection or exiting your driveway; To see road signs, lights, entrances/exits, and yes even billboards, churches, and shopping centers; To see nearby landscape, like waterways etc.

• Root Pruning:  Like the canopy of a tree, the root system of a tree may be pruned.  While seldom necessary, here are a few instances where it may be required:  Invasive roots that are destroying your walkway, driveway, foundation, or even your plumbing.  Surface roots interfering with grass cutting, installed fences and decks, or worse…the pool.  Like canopy pruning, root pruning requires knowledge, if not done properly the results can be catastrophic.


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