Reasons For Pruning

Next to watering, pruning is the most commonly performed tree maintenance procedure. Landscape trees require periodic pruning to remove mistletoe, broken or diseased branches, alleviate crowded limbs and eliminate hazards. Pruning "opens up" the tree's canopy and permits more air movement and sunlight penetration, allowing for vigorous growth. Proper pruning will make your trees look healthier as well as increase their life expectancy.

Since each pruning cut can potentially alter the appearance and health of your tree, no branch should be removed without a reason. Our tree care professionals will ensure that your tree receives the maximum benefit from pruning without subjecting the tree to damage.

Pruning Techniques

We offer a full range of professional pruning techniques, custom tailored to meet your individual needs. Our certified arborists can assist you in determining a pruning program that will maintain your trees in a healthy, safe, and attractive condition. Our professionally trained crews prune in accordance with tree care industry standards (ANSI A300), assuring you of quality workmanship.

Note: When performing preservation pruning we will avoid climbing with spikes, unless the clumber has a safety concern (such as no high tie in point or high winds). Our climbers will use their discretion with the mentality that their safety is always first. 

Pruning Specifications

Crown Cleaning: The selective removal of dead, dying or diseased branches, weak branches and water sprouts.

Crown Thinning: The selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown.  Thinning "opens up" the foliage of a tree and reduces weight on heavy limbs.

Crown Raising: Removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.

Crown Reduction: Reduces the size of a tree, often for clearance for utility lines. Reducing the height or spread of a tree is best accomplished.  By pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to lateral branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles.

Vista Pruning: Selective thinning of specific areas of the crown to allow the viewing of an object from a predetermined point.

Crown Restoration: Improves the structure, form and appearance of trees which have been storm damaged.

Making Proper Pruning Cuts

Pruning cuts should be made just outside the branch collar. The branch collar contains trunk or parent branch tissue and should not be damaged or removed. If a limb is to be removed, be sure to make the cut just beyond the collar. Doing so will facilitate the tree's ability to heal the wound correctly.

If a large limb is to be removed, its weight should first be reduced. This is done by making an undercut about 12-18 inches from the limb's point of attachment. A second cut is made from the top, directly above or a few inches further out on the limb. This removes the limb leaving the 12-18 inch stub. The stub is removed by cutting back to the branch collar. This technique reduces the possibility of tearing the bark.


Wound Dressings

Wound dressings were once thought to accelerate wound closure, protect against insects and reduce decay. Recent studies, however, have shown that these materials are not effective in protecting trees from wood-rotting organisms. Indeed, they may actually prolong the wound's period of susceptibility. Most experts now recommend that wound dressings not be used. If a dressing must be used for cosmetic purposes, only a thin coating of non-toxic material should be applied.

Hiring an Arborist

Pruning large trees can be dangerous. If pruning involves working high above the ground or using power equipment, it is best to hire a professional arborist. An arborist can provide the know-how, the manpower and the equipment necessary to get the job done safely.

Before hiring an arborist, make certain that all work to be performed will comply with the "ANSI A300" standards for tree pruning. This assures you that:

Proper cuts will be made.

Spikes won't be used to climb.

Not more than 1/4 of the foliage will be removed each season.

At least 1/2 of the foliage will remain evenly distributed in the lower 2/3 of the canopy.

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Phone: (916) 722-6321

4537 Harlin Drive

Sacramento, CA 95826


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