Ornamental Tree Trimming

Traditionally, growth is maximized and wound closure is fastest if trimming is done before the spring growth flush. Dormant pruning enables us to correct disease problems which would be more risky during the summer season. Heavy pruning just after the spring growth flush should be avoided but normal pruning cycles resume thereafter and are just as effective in the health of your trees. Our experienced staff is always available to tend to your pruning needs year round.

Pruning Techniques

The amount of live tissue that should be removed depends on the tree size, species and age, as well as the pruning objectives. Younger trees will tolerate the removal of higher percentage than that of mature trees. It is important to remember that it is easier for a tree to recover from several small pruning wounds faster than one large wound. The older and larger a tree becomes, the less energy it has in reserve to close wounds and defend against decay or insect attack.

• PRUNING/CROWN CLEANING: Thinning and removal of dead, diseased, damaged, broken, stub and interfering limbs retaining actual crown as set forth by industry standards.

• THINNING: Selective removal of individual branches to help reduce weight stress, wind resistance and allow for more needed or required sunlight in many cases.

• CROWN REDUCTION OR HEADING BACK: Reduction of overall height and/or width (usually for fruit and ornamental trees and evergreens).

Trimming Benefits

All trees require trimming at one time or another. Properly trimmed trees are much healthier and better able to fight off pest and cultural threats. In addition to promoting tree health, trimming has a multitude of other benefits:

• AESTHETICS: Improve the overall appearance, shape and structure of the trees or to stimulate flower production.

• HEALTH: Eliminate dead or diseased branches and remove crossing or rubbing branches. Increased sun exposure and airflow is beneficial against fungal diseases that thrive in moist environments.

• FRUIT PRODUCTION: Improves fruit quality and quantity. Plants that are properly pruned will produce high quality fruit sooner and have longer lifespans. Pruning and training, directing tree growth to a desired shape or form, will develop a strong tree framework to support fruit production.