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Tree Pruning Overview

Whether your goal is a beautifully shaped tree, raising limb levels for mowing or walkways, building or vehicle clearance, clearing trees from over roof lines, selecting out unhealthy branches, or removing dangerous hangers or “widowmakers”, we prune to achieve your goals using industry standards.


The pruning types we perform address both hazard reduction and maintenance objectives in accordance with the American National Standard (ANSI), the industry-recognized standards institute.

 

 

 

ANSI A300 (Part 1) recognizes two basic types of pruning objectives:

1. Hazard Reduction Pruning is recommended when the primary objective is to reduce the danger to a specific target caused by visibly defined hazards in a tree.

2. Maintenance Pruning is recommended when the primary objective is to maintain or improve tree health and structure, and includes hazard reduction pruning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For whatever your tree pruning needs, we have the equipment. 

 

 

 

 




We do not support the practice of tree topping.

What is topping and why does it hurt trees?





Crown Clean

Crown cleaning is the selective removal of dead, dying, damaged, broken, diseased, weak, crossing, overlapping, rubbing and undesirable branches and watersprouts.

    • Crown Clean ½ inch and larger, also called “structure pruning”, is used to remove defective components out of smaller developing trees and is performed by selectively removing branches that are a minimum of one-half of an inch in diameter.

    • Crown Clean 1 inch and larger is for general maintenance purposes and selectively removes branches one inch in diameter and larger. 
    • Crown Clean 1 ½ inch and larger is the process of removing only larger branches for the purpose of hazard reduction in mature trees and trees in decline.

 

                                       

    Crown Thin

    Crown thinning is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, air movement and reduce weight.

     

            

     

    Tip Thin

    Tip thinning is a specific form of thining and is performed by selectively removing small branches at the end of larger branches for the purpose of reducing weight and wind resistance.





    Crown Raise

    Also referred to as “raising the limb level”, crown raising consists of the selective removal of the lower branches of a tree to provide clearance for roof lines, drives, and walkways and to increase lighting. Note: Crown raise is usually performed along with crown pruning.

     

            

     

    Young Trees
    Crown raising for young trees is performed differently than mature trees as the purpose is to help  photosynthesis. Not all the lower limbs are removed in order to leave a few to improve development of the trunk taper.

             

    Crown Reduction

    Also known as “crown shaping”, crown reduction decreases the height and/or spread of a tree. Consideration is given to the ability of a species to sustain this type of pruning. When warranted, we use the heading back technique where we reduce limb length by cutting back to a lateral 1/2 to 1/3 the diameter of the parent limb that is being removed.

     

              

    Crown Restoration

    Crown restoration pruning is done by cutting back to the lateral branch to improve the structure, form, and appearance of trees which have been severely headed back, topped, or damaged in any way. This method allows for natural re-growth, tree compartmentalization of wounds, and shaping of the tree. The tree usually needs to be revisited for touch-up in 2 years due to regrowth.

     

            

    Vista Pruning

    Vista pruning is the selective thinning of framework limbs or specific areas of the crown to potentially allow a view of an object from a predetermined point. Keep in mind that this method is only applicable to trees within property lines; consideration should be given in regard to trees and other objects outside of property lines that may obstruct the view.

    * Please check with local ordinance and subdivision rules for restrictions on view development and maintenance.

     

    Tree Pruning Overview

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