Pruning

You can't put that branch back once it's been removed...

Why do we need to prune our trees?

Trees generate dead branches through a natural process as they grow in the forest. When forced to live in the city, they need pruning because of unnatural obstacles.

What constitutes an "unnatural obstacle"?

Unnatural obstacles can include houses (or any permanent structure), traffic & pedestrians, stress connected to living in the urban environment or human perception (what someone thinks a tree will grow like, compared to what a tree actually grows like.)

 

What is the best way to prune a tree?

By being selective, and with a goal in mind. Pruning a tree is performing surgery and it is best done carefully and by a professional arborist.

Why should I hire an arborist?

An arborist can establish the type of pruning that needs to be done, and how to do it effectively. This could include pruning for health, structure, hazard reduction or aesthetics. It's always important to keep in mind, a poorly pruned tree can cause irreparable damage in the short and long term to parts of the tree you may not notice until it's too late.

When is the best time to prune a tree?

There are several opinions on when a tree should be pruned, so it's difficult to give a definitive answer. Some species bleed excessive sap when pruned in the spring, some trees are prone to infection as a result of summer insect activity (especially Elms and DED.) Of course, some trees show no preference and you can be comfortable having pruning done anytime. The real answer is it depends on your species, before the season.

How often should I have my tree pruned?

As infrequently as possible, and the best way to achieve that is by having it pruned at a young age to promote a good structure. Trees that have been neglected might need pruning more than once over a few years to limit excessive damage initially, but trees can grow for a decade or more and not need pruning, if their basic needs are met.

My tree is too tall, can I just have the top taken off and it will regrow?

No! Topping a tree is not an acceptable practice and can have severe consequences once done. It is NEVER recommended by a reputable arborist, and there is always a better option. Contact us if you are unsure of what your options are.

Why can pruning be so expensive?

Climbing a 60ft Maple tree is skilled work, not to mention the danger involved from operating a chainsaw while only secured by ropes in a tree. Specialist equipment and training also can inflate costs to customers. It's best to shop around to find the right arborist, with the right experience, to satisfy your specific tree. There's no need to pay a company that specializes in large scale jobs, with large crews, to give your fruit tree a minor prune from the ground!