Tree pruning is a complex art requiring consideration of tree biology, tree physiology, physics, and client needs. Generally, a conservative approach is best, meaning that pruning should be geared toward having the smallest impact on a tree possible to achieve a specific objective. These objectives could include:
- Removing crossing branches. These branches often cause damage that can act as entry-points for pathogens and wood-decay fungi.
- Removing damaged, dead or diseased branches.
- Removing weakly attached branches.
- Reducing branches to decrease mechanical stress on attachments and the risk of breaking.
- Removing branches that are encroaching on houses or other structures.
- Treating certain fungal infections.
- Thinning to allow more sunlight through to a yard, garden, or window.
- Encouraging productivity of fruit or nut trees.
Our goal is always to do what is best for the tree. At times, clients’ objectives are at odds with the well-being of the tree and while we are willing to make some concessions, we will not engage in bad arboricultural practices. We believe that education is an important part of our job, so when a client asks for services that could harm a tree, we will gladly take the time to explain the science behind our decisions.