Corrective Pruning… for Tree Health

Proper Pruning Techniques in urban settings maximize tree health, structure and stability

Mature Trees benefit from removal of deadwood, diseased tissue and crossing branches

Young Trees benefit from structural pruning to establish a strong balanced scaffold of branching

Proper cuts
Making a proper cut takes no longer than making an improper cut… it just takes knowledge, training and care. A proper cut leaves no “stub” nor does it result in a “flush cut” which damages the stem. A proper cut should always be made to the branch collar… preserving the bark ridge between the stem and branch.

Proper pruning
Proper pruning of mature trees makes for a safer tree. It requires a skilled arborist climbing out into the clumps of foliage at the end of each branch to remove deadwood, diseased tissue, crossing branches and, if necessary, make selected thinning cuts to reduce endweight. Making more numerous smaller cuts is preferable to making a few large cuts to reduce an equal amount of weight. Climbing “out to the tip” and performing proper pruning in a manner which retains natural branch balance takes skill and time.