Shaping

Reducing

Deadwooding

  • Remove dead branches that could fall and cause injuries or property damage
  • Improve appearance
  • Reduce supply of material available to fire, disease and insects that can harm the tree


Safety Pruning

  • Remove unsafe branches that could fall and cause injuries or property damage
  • Make trees sturdier in the wind, especially over buildings
  • Reduce leveraged weight up in the tree by thinning or trimming to reduce wind sail, the wind resistance of the tree
  • Remove branches that grow into buildings and utility lines
  • Remove branches for defensible space for fire safety


 

Thinning

Topping

  • ​Topping is cutting the vertical stem or leader and primary upper limbs back to stubs at a uniform height
  • Promotes lower growth                              
  • Ideal for hedges or improving views

Trees without a central leader can be “topped” by shortening the branches and stems

Most often, trees are pruned for ‘people reasons.’  The trees were just fine before man developed the saw and began cutting them.


  • Reduce weight, making the tree stronger​
  • Reduce the wind sail, the wind resistance of the tree
  • Help overall balance
  • ​Improve safety in storms
  • Allow more light

Topping trees with a central leader permanently changes their appearance and the trees will require maintenance


Selectively removing lower branches to provide greater clearance beneath the tree

Professional tree care since 1988


  • Shorten the branches and stems reducing the size of the canopy, making trees smaller and sturdier
  • Reduce leveraged width up in the tree, reducing wind sail, the wind resistance of the tree
  • Reduce the likelihood of storm damage
  • Allow more light
  • Improve view by trimming branches that interfere with lines of sight


  • Improve aesthetics by reducing stray points or uneven growth

  • Even out trees that lean toward the sunlight by trimming back the sunny side

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