Structural and Restoration Pruning

Well pruned trees survive high winds better than poorly or improperly pruned trees. Poor Pruning practices, such as topping or removing large branches, make trees more susceptible to wind failure. Begin a preventive pruning program for both young and mature trees.

Structural Pruning Checklist

  • Develop and Maintain a dominant leader
  • Identify the lowest branch in the permanent crown
  • Prevent branches below permanent crown from growing too large
  • Space main branches along the dominant trunk
  • Keep all branches less than 1/2 the trunk diameter by shortening or thinning them
  • Suppress growth on branches with included bark
  • The guidelines may not apply for trees pruned for utility line clearances

Structural Pruning: Young Trees and At Planting

Tree pruning, trimming, or cutting is an ongoing process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree. Start structural pruning at planting to correct poor structure by shortening upright stems that compete with the leader. This directs future growth into the leader because pruned stems grow slower. Remember what you do to your tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span.

Reduced Tree Blowing in the Wind

Restoration Pruning:

Trees that are abused by misguided pruning efforts or trees damaged in storms can recover. The extend of the recovery depends on a few things, the extent and location of the damage, the skill of the arborist attempting the restoration and the characteristics of the tree including the ability of the tree to compartmentalize decay. The first step to restoration is to remove crossing, rubbing and broken parts of the branches, clean the crown of broken and detached branches, determine which sprouts will have to removed and reduce conditions that may be contributing to weakness in the tree. It is best to have a certified arborist to determine the correct restoration steps to take.

An icon in our Eagle Harbor Community was damaged in a 2017 storm. This beautiful oak is at the entrance of Eagle Harbor and the storm had left it leaning, it’s roots compromised and unsafe. We were contacted to help save this beautiful and loved tree. After 15 months that beautiful oak is thriving.

Before Restoration

During Restoration

After 20 Months