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  • Pruning Overview
  • Crown Clean
  • Thin Out
  • Shape
  • Hedges
  • Specialty

Pruning Overview

Pruning small trees and shrubs is an art, and should be a part of plant maintenance and not just used for remedial correction. Our knowledgeable arborists have the training and expertise to correctly prune your plants to benefit their health as well as your landscape's overall appearance.


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Benefits of correct pruning:

    • removes dead and dying branches
    • reduce stress from disease and infestation
    • helps the plant recover from damage or shock
    • balances the plant's structure
    • controls growth, size, and shape
    • improves plant development
    • enhances flower production

Our small tree and shrub pruning practices are based upon adaptations of the objectives outlined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the arboriculture industry standard guidelines.

Crown Clean

Crown cleaning is the selective removal of dead, dying, damaged, broken, diseased, weak, crossing, rubbing and undesirable branches and watersprouts. Shrubs and small trees are not pruned in the same manner as they have different structures and requirements. Our pruning standards, which incorporate ANSI guidelines, are as follows:


    • Crown Clean ¾ inch, ½ inch and larger is generally used for smaller developing trees and selectively removes branches that are a minimum of one-half of an inch in diameter. 








    Thinning Out

    Thinning out is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, air movement, decrease disease and insect issues, reduce size, and reduce weight in the crown of the small tree or shrub.






    Shaping decreases the height and/or spread of a small tree or shrub to a specific height and shape. Consideration is given to the ability of a species to sustain this type of pruning. 





    Hedge pruning requires a critical eye for pruning all the plants in a row that make up the hedge in order to produce a consistent, well-formed line. Correct pruning trains the plant to grow in a certain way, producing a full, well-developed form.






    Pruning is an art as plants have different care requirements in order to thrive. Aside from pruning back the plant for visibility or growth control, a major benefit of correct pruning is enhanced flower production. We provide pruning services for a variety of plant types, and concern is always given to the individual plant, its needs, and your desires.





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    Small Tree and Shrub Pruning

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