When We Do It
Aside from correcting overgrowth, pruning is a great way to maintain the long-term health of your trees. Some varieties of trees do self-prune to a certain degree, but a certified arborist can help to speed up benefits and mitigate damage. It is not uncommon for tree branches to twist and turn, which can cause abrasions in the bark. These imperfections can leave trees susceptible to diseases and insect damage. Pruning helps preserve the health of the tree by eliminating at-risk branches before problems can spread. This allows the remainder of the tree’s branches to stay healthy. Removal of excess tree branches also allows the tree to be more wind-resistant, preventing breakage and damage in harsh weather conditions.
How it’s done
Depending on the size and age of a tree, the tools required for pruning look very different. A younger tree might require a silky handsaw, hand pruners, and pole pruners, whereas an older tree may require all of these tools plus a chainsaw for branches with a diameter greater than 3 inches. Another common tool needed to prune older, taller trees is lift equipment. The bulk of our equipment, including a 70-36 AJ Spider Lift, can drive through a standard backyard gate and reach heights of 70 feet. Whatever tools are required to prune your specific tree, we take extra care to disinfect all equipment to prevent the transfer of diseases such as black knot.