Trimming Services / Pruning Services

Trimming We have experienced Certified Arborists on staff to help you inspect and evaluate your trees. We trim trees to extend their usefulness in the landscape. Various methods of trimming and pruning are utilized to accomplish this goal. Trees are trimmed for many different reasons such as:

  • Aesthetic value
  • Structural soundness
  • Clearance for structures, walkways, driveways, and views
  • Clearance for utilities
  • Reduction of falling debris
  • Eliminate hazardous limbs

Methods of Trimming

There are many methods of trimming trees depending on the reason for trimming; here is a list of the methods we use to help you determine what type of work you would like done.

General tree trimming - Also referred to as “Crown cleaning”, consists of the removal of deadwood 1/2 inch diameter and larger unless otherwise specified, removal of loose, broken and potentially hazardous branches, cutting back branches to provide minimal clearance for structures and utilities.

Crown reduction pruning - The cutting of the ends of branches to reduce length, reduce weight and/or thin to reduce surface area and leverage. Unlike “Topping” or “Heading” cuts which are made at indiscriminate locations on the branch, Crown reduction cuts are made at natural branch unions with the diameter ratio of the cut limb to the remaining limb taken into consideration to help maintain a natural branch pattern. Crown reduction can be done for the entire canopy or portions of the crown to satisfy various goals. Crown reduction should be limited to the removal of no more than 25% of the tree or tree branch, leaf surface area.

Crown Raising - Cutting off branches or portions of branches to provide additional vertical clearance above the specified location or object.

Crown Thinning -  Cutting off branches or portions of branches to reduce the density of foliage and branches to meet various goals, (i.e. increase light penetration, increase air circulation, increase visibility, reduce weight and wind resistance). Crown thinning should be limited to the removal of no more than 25% of the tree or tree branch, leaf surface area.

Crown Shaping -  The cutting/shearing of branch tips to produce a specified crown form. This type of trimming is not recommended for large mature trees.

Hazard reduction pruning - The removal of loose, broken, split, decayed and dead branches, 2 inch diameter and larger.

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