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Completing your tree pruning project to the best of our abilities using the proper tools, techniques, and latest science to maximize your trees health is our primary goal. To accomplish this, we carefully consider your expectations, desires, and concerns to develop a tree pruning strategy that accomplishes your objectives, maximizes your trees health and ensures the safety of the tree workers and surrounding environment. All tree pruning work is performed and/or supervised by an ISA Certified Arborist. We have the knowledge, skills, experience, and capability to prune any size tree, no matter where it is in your yard.

We perform all pruning in accordance with International Society of Arboriculture standards. We climb trees without tree spikes that can damage your trees using an arborist climbing rope and a tree climbing saddle. When necessary and possible, we utilize a bucket truck with a 57’ reach to prune your trees.

It is very important to make a proper pruning cut to minimize the impact on the tree (Click here for more information). The proper time of the year to prune depends on many factors including tree species and pruning objectives. Pruning during the winter when the tree is dormant and there are no leaves to get in the way is usually best. Sometimes pruning needs to be done as soon as possible and sometimes timing is not very important. We generally do not use pruning paint on pruning cuts but there are some exceptions. It is best to prune branches when they are small because it is easier for the tree to heal small wounds and is less costly. Pruning large diameter branches can increase the risk of health problems and is costly. The amount of live branches pruned from a tree is an important consideration, too. Generally, the older a tree is, the less live branches should be pruned to avoid negative health consequences.

Typical equipment used includes a chip truck, wood chipper, and sometimes a bucket truck. We take the utmost care to protect your property including turf and landscaping. We will not drive equipment on your lawn without your consent.

Young tree pruning helps develop a tree with strong structure and desirable form. When the tree matures, it will require little corrective pruning and be less susceptible to storm damage. It is a proactive strategy that will maximize the tree’s value and reduce long term maintenance costs. An added benefit is inspection and evaluation; creates discussion which assists in future planning. Pruning young tree is less costly than mature trees because it requires less labor, equipment, and risk to the tree workers. (Click here for more information)

Mature tree pruning can maintain good tree health and structure while enhancing the aesthetic and economic values of the tree. This service is very popular because our clients notice the need for it and they want to care for their trees. Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead or weak branches, lower limbs, limbs obstructing a view, promote good health, increase light and air penetration to the landscape below, and limbs too close to a roof, driveway, or other structure. It is more labor intensive, risky for the tree workers, and costly than young tree pruning. (Click here for more information)

Reasons to prune:

  • To promote good tree health
  • Aesthetics
  • Increase clearance from buildings, driveways, and other structures
  • To enhance the view of something important
  • Encourage strong branch structure which reduces the likelihood of future tree/property damage and personal injury
  • Safety of people and property
  • Increase and/or encourage greater sunlight and air penetration to the landscape below
  • To shape a tree into a more desirable form

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Some common pruning techniques are:

  • Dead branch pruning- usually done in conjunction with other pruning, promotes good health, increases personal safety, reduces likelihood of property damage, improves aesthetics
  • Cleaning- removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, rubbing, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches; promotes good health, improves aesthetic value, increases personal safety and reduces likelihood of property damage from falling limbs
  • Thinning- selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown, reduces the probability of branch failure by reducing weight and wind load on weak branches, creates an aesthetically pleasing form, encourages natural shape and form of tree
  • Raising- removing lower branches to provide clearance from buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, vistas (good views)
  • Reduction- reduces the size of tree for clearance from buildings, vistas, overhead utility lines, garden, other trees/shrubs, alternative to removing hazardous tree by making it smaller
  • Hazard Reduction- Alternative to removing a hazardous tree by making it smaller so it has less weight and wind load
  • Shaping- specialized form of reduction pruning in which the tree is pruned into a more aesthetically pleasing shape; usually performed on trees that have an irregular shape, often very labor intensive, costly, and cannot be performed on all mature trees.

Tree pruning can be classified as either young tree or mature tree.

Pruning is both an art and a science.
It encourages and enhances strong branch structure, establishes the height of lower limbs. Benefits include reduced likelihood of broken branches, promote an aesthetically pleasing form, reduce long term maintenance costs, reduce frequency of future tree issues. In addition, properly pruning young trees will reduce the need and/or expense of future tree maintenance, establish a method of tree inspection, discussion, and assist in future planning and management.  This type of pruning is much less costly than pruning of a mature tree because it is less labor intensive, requires less equipment, and less risk.