Tree and Shrub Pruning
Our crews are well versed in all facets of tree and shrub pruning. Whether we are pruning the deadwood out of a large oak, thinning a small crabapple, or fine pruning a Japanese maple, we have the necessary knowledge and skills.
The following pruning services are performed in accordance with the arboricultural industry's ANSI A300 standard:
- Structural pruning is the removal of live branches and stems to influence the orientation, spacing, growth rate, strength of attachment, and ultimate size of branches and stems. Young trees need just as much attention as older trees. By addressing a few minor concerns early on in a tree's life, one can avoid major, more costly measures in the future.
- Crown cleaning is the selective removal of dead, diseased, detached, and broken branches. This type of pruning minimizes the spread of decay, insects, and diseases from affected tissue to the healthy portions of the tree. It also reduces the potential damage of falling deadwood.
- Crown thinning is the selective removal of small, live branches to reduce crown density. Proper thinning is done near the ends of the limbs and requires the ability of a skilled arborist to make important decisions on what should stay and what should go. Thinning can help to reduce the risk of storm damage and disease.
- Crown reduction is the selective removal of branches and stems to reduce the height or spread of a tree or shrub. Proper reductions take time and a keen eye for the overall shape of a tree or shrub. We do not "top" trees. Instead, we make cuts at the proper junctions. This type of pruning is only recommended for shrubs and smaller growing trees such as fruiting and ornamental trees.
- Crown elevation is the selective removal of branches to provide vertical clearance.
- Crown restoration is the selective removal of branches, sprouts, and stubs from trees and shrubs that have been topped, severely headed, vandalized, lion tailed, broken in a storm or otherwise damaged.