Structural & Restorative Tree 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 by calling the experts at Tree Tech Tree Service, Inc.
Structural Pruning Checklist
- Develop and maintain a dominant leader.
- Identify the lowest branch in the permanent crown.
- Prevent branches below the 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.
- These guidelines may not apply for trees pruned for utility line clearances.
Structural Pruning: Young Trees
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 lifespan.
Trees that are abused by misguided pruning efforts or that are damaged in storms can recover. The degree of the recovery depends on the following:
- The extent and location of the damage.
- The skill of the certified arborist performing the restoration.
- The characteristics of the tree itself.
Tree Trimming and Pruning
Tree Tech Tree Service follows the ANSI A300 industry standards. Our certified arborist will give you recommendations tailored to the specific needs of your trees and property. No two trees are the same and our job is to focus on the care and management of each of your tree(s). It is very important to prune and trim to optimize your trees health. It makes a substantial difference in how your trees will be affected by the tropical storms and hurricanes we experience on the east coast of Florida.
Pruning and Trimming Techniques
Crown Thinning – Lightly prune the interior limbs of the tree canopy. This technique not only helps your lawn, but it can also prevent storm damage.
Crown Cleaning – Remove dead wood and diseased or dying branches. Limbs that are rubbing or crossing are also removed.
Crown Raising – Remove the lower limbs of a tree canopy.
Crown Reduction – Lightly thin the tree canopy. Reduction will reduce the height and canopy, but will not alter the branch integrity. This will also reduce the chances of storm damage and help to keep the taller trees from uprooting or falling during a storm.
Clearance Pruning – Remove the limbs away from a structure.