Regular pruning can improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. As experienced arborists, we can determine the right type of pruning that the trees on your property may need.
Pruning may involve:
Eliminating branches that rub against each other.
Removing dead, dying, or weak limbs.
Removing limbs that interfere with wires, buildings, gutters, roofs, chimneys, and windows or obstruct streets or sidewalks.
Removing diseased or insect-infested limbs.
Creating a better structure by thinning or making proper reduction cuts in order to lessen wind resistance and reduce the potential for storm damage.
Training young trees to grow into well structured trees.
Removing branches or thinning to increase light penetration.
Improving the shape and aesthetics.
What Trees Should Be Pruned?
Many species of trees may require regular pruning in order to preserve the overall health of the tree. Certain types of trees should be pruned during specific seasons in order to prevent the tree from becoming overstressed. For example, most trees in the Pinus (Pine) or Quercus (Oak) family should be pruned only during the dormant season.
Faster growing trees may need more regular pruning than slower growing trees. This also may depend on the area where the tree is located, whether it’s near a structure or in a more open area.
We also offer fruit tree pruning, which may vary depending on the season and desired goal for the tree. Fruit trees may benefit from summer pruning in order to maintain a certain size and also to prevent the accidental removal of fruiting buds for certain species. Some fruit trees produce fruit on current years’ growth, and some produce fruit on last years’ growth and we can help you make the right decision that is best for your trees.
Palm Tree Pruning
Pruning Palm trees will enhance their appearance, eliminate potential fire hazards, and remove seeds/seedpods that produce fruit that can cause a mess and attract pests. However, we recommend leaving a reasonable amount of healthy fronds in order to maintain the tree’s health.
Remember that Palm fronds are the solar panels of the tree and over trimming Palm trees may have a negative impact on their health.
Structural pruning is used to encourage a specific growth pattern by removing select branches that may be undesirable or problematic. This is necessary, especially for young trees, in order to help the overall well-being of your tree and to prevent potential problems early on.
Thinning involves removing select living branches from the interior of the tree or ends of branches in order to reduce weight, increase sunlight to inner canopy, reduce wind resistance and encourage an even distribution of foliage within the canopy.
Crown cleaning involves the removal of dead, diseased, detached and/or broken limbs in order to mitigate the risk of hazards and control the spread of decay, disease or insects.
Crown Reduction/branch reduction
This method is performed by reducing the overall size of the canopy by making proper reduction cuts in order to reduce end weight and create a more balanced canopy. This may help mitigate hazardous trees/branches and create a more uniform appearance.
This method of pruning seeks to restore a structure that may have been lost due to improper pruning, topping, storm damage, or other damage. This includes thinning out sucker branches or stubs in order to create a new branch union that is not overcrowded or structurally unsound. This may also include reducing sucker leaders that have overgrown to a hazardous height.