Tree Services Offered
Trees may need pruning for a variety of reasons:
- to remove diseased or storm-damaged branches
- to thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation
- to reduce the height of a tree
- to remove obstructing lower branches
- to shape a tree for design purposes
Tree trimming is often a preventative solution to more costly problems in the future. Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of (or cause damage to) a tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Removing leaves reduces photosynthesis and may reduce overall growth. Understanding how a particular tree responds to pruning is essential when selecting branches for removal.
Generally careful thinning can allow 30-50% lighter into a given area. Raising the skirt of a tree, that is selecting certain lower branches for removal, can also have a dramatic impact on light levels.
There are times when, due to a tree’s placement or condition, it becomes necessary to decrease its size. The proper methodology for this is known as crown reduction. It is NOT synonymous with tree topping. Topping is one of the most destructive things that can be done to a tree. It increases the chance of insect infestation and disease and it exponentially increases the overall risk of the tree. Tree topping is also antitheses to proper size control. Most trees will replace their lost height in a third of the time it took to reach it in the first place. Some trees can grow up to ten feet a year after having been topped. Crown reduction on the other hand trains a tree to maintain a certain stature. Cuts are made to viable laterals and the tree continues to grow normally.
Tree pruning requires special equipment, training and experience. If the tree pruning work requires climbing, the use of a chain or hand saw, or the removal of large limbs, then using safety equipment, such as a climbing saddle, lanyard and ropes is a must. Our climbing certified arborists can provide a variety of services to assist in performing the job safely and reducing risk of personal injury and damage to your property. They also are able to determine which type of tree pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees.