Our crews at Altitude Arborist provide expert tree pruning as prescribed by our ISA certified arborists. We understand that your trees are an investment, and that’s why our certified arborists specialize in every aspect of a tree’s heath, targeting specific branches and limbs to increase the long-term and overall health of the tree. All of our pruning equipment is sanitized to reduce transmission of disease, and with the proper pruning techniques, a tree’s health can dramatically improve.
Other reasons for tree pruning include:
- remove deadwood; damaged, or diseased sections,
- increase safety of property and surrounding homes,
- clear utility lines and meet requirements of city codes,
- remove obstructive limbs,
- comply with common insurance requirements
- increase sunlight for turf and improve overall aesthetics of your yard.
Every cut made during tree pruning can change the look and growth patterns of a tree. That’s why it’s important to let a certified arborist survey the tree and select each branch for removal, so that the process is deliberate and made in consideration of the entire structure. When pruning young trees, it is particularly important to create structurally-sound scaffolding that will define the long-term health, visual appeal, and shape of the tree. This type of evaluation requires extensive knowledge and experience, both of which are provided by Altitude Arborist years of experience.
Effects of Improper Pruning
Improper pruning techniques not only harm a tree’s current structure, but also they can stifle future healthy growth. Mismanaged pruning can result in:
- stubbed branches or flush cuts, which causes dieback
- stripping of the canopy which reduces the tree’s ability to make food,
- increasing the chance of sun scald,
- reduced height and width of the tree which can increase decay, disease, and weak branch connections.
More importantly, poor pruning can also lead to increased maintenance costs and a reduction in property value that can take years to undo. We use the most current practices when pruning, which helps your trees and the surrounding environment thrive.
At Altitude Arborist, we know that tree species are very different and, therefore, need different maintenance. The percentage of canopy that should be removed from your tree depends on the species, health, and age. Removing too much of the tree’s canopy can have very negative consequences, but with Altitude Arborist pruning techniques you always get maximum growth with each specific tree. When you hire us, you always get the professional opinion of certified arborists that are committed to the health of your trees.
Altitude Arborist Three Stages of Proper Pruning
Crown Cleaning-includes the removal of dead and damaged branches, hazardous branches that rub or are weakly connected, or diseased branches.
Crown Thinning-removes selected suckers and branches through the interior of the tree. We also remove selected branches in crowded parts of the canopy, creating a lacier effect. This allows for increased air flow and light penetration that benefits the tree by reducing diseases, molds and fungi.
Crown Raising--This final step removes downward-growing limbs and reduces overall weight on limbs. We never remove major limbs unless previously discussed with the client, allowing us to preserve the overall characteristics of each tree. If we see limbs that are growing into structures or need to be removed for other reasons, we discuss this with the client before removal begins.
Our Pruning Service:
Limbs up to six inches in diameter or less are included in the general pruning price unless otherwise agreed upon. Once pruning is completed, all reasonable debris will be removed from the property unless otherwise agreed upon.