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Pruning

It can be used to improve a wide range of issues from correcting a hazardous tree to adding an aesthetic flare in a landscape. Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree will respond to each cut.Our ISA Certified Arborists are experts at deciding which type of pruning is best suited to improve the safety, health and appearance of each tree. Some of the specific styles of pruning are outlined below.

Mature tree pruning: As a tree reaches its mature size there are usually an abundance of dead and potentially hazardous branches. Our arborists will thoroughly work over the entire tree to remove such branches.Once completed the canopy will be safer but will also take on aesthetically pleasing look. At this stage in a trees life larger cuts are strongly discouraged unless for safety reasons as the tree will have a harder time sealing these wounds.

Thinning: Trees grown in the urban or field setting tend to have very dense and thick canopies due to an abundance of light and little competition. Thinning a tree is the selective removal of branches to allow better air circulation and light penetration to the ground below. During this process care will be taken to make cuts evenly throughout the canopy making room for future growth and maintaining the trees natural shape.

Structural Pruning: This is the most common and effective method of pruning as it helps to promote an excellent structure and improve tree health. It is the selective removal of potentially hazardous branches, rubbing branches, and diseased, dying, and weaker water sprouts.