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Trimming and Removal

There are many reasons to trim a tree, ranging from healthy maintenance to avoiding property damage to purely aesthetic value. Depending on the purpose and the desired result, this can be approached in various ways and achieved through different methods.




Sometimes a tree is unable to be saved. Whether it’s disease, damage or because it is impinging on the environment, trees sometimes need to be removed. Doing this safely and efficiently requires training, experience and the proper tools. Our tree crew specializes in the removal of different tree types and sizes. Our ground crew will remove the debris and leave your property looking as if we were never there.



Thinning a tree consists of removing excess branches and deadwood, which improves appearance and lightens heavy branches for safety, but keeps the shade.

Crown Reduction


Crown reduction pruning is most often used when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. Crown reduction is not the same as ‘topping’ a tree. Topping a tree means cutting off the top at a certain level. The tree looks unsightly and butchered because the main stem or stems terminate suddenly where the cut is made. More importantly the large cuts associated with topping allow diseases and insects to quickly enter the tree and cause decay. In contrast, crown reduction involves cuts spread out throughout the crown so major stems are not cut off. Instead, small parts of branches are cut where the branch divides, leaving the tree a way to close off decay-causing organisms and heal strongly. The branches that are removed are usually the farthest ones out. This is because the weight of these branches has the greatest amount of leverage on the branch and in turn, on the whole tree. In this way, weight is removed so as to allow the tree to heal, remain attractive, and keep relatively compact so that it does not become too top-heavy or lose large branches. Crown reduction is a perfect solution for those who wish to keep trees that are especially close to their house or business and do not feel that ‘trimming up’ will suffice to ensure the tree’s health and safety. Crown reduction focuses on encouraging growth lower in the canopy, thus keeping the center of gravity low over the long-term. Crown reduction differs from the standard ‘limbing up’ style of trimming in that the lower branches are retained as weight is removed above.


Lifting is the process of clearing out the lowest branches up to a certain level. Commonly used on Pines or evergreen trees to raise the lowest of the branches, or the skirt, to a higher level allowing access under the tree and a more distinct appearance.



Shaping can be used to balance a design by controlling and directing growth into a desired shape. Pruning above a leaf node can steer plant growth in the direction of the natural placement of that leaf bud. Pruning may also be used to keep a design free of unwanted branches and to reduce canopy size. Pruning is sometimes the only technique used to craft a project. Deciduous trees are mainly pruned in winter, while they are dormant above-ground, although sometimes it is necessary to prune them during the growing season. Trees repeatedly subjected to hard pruning may experience stunted growth, and some trees may not survive this treatment.

Stump Grinding


Stump grinding is the process of grinding out a stump with a machine that generally goes approximately 6-8 inches below the surface, although it can go deeper or more shallow if specifically requested. Stump grinding is recommended if there is a concern for new growth and/or general appearance of the property. Some trees and shrubs, even when cut even with the ground, will still try to live and produce new growth. Grinding limits any of this growth that could occur. In addition, surface roots left behind from the removed tree or shrub can also be ground down below the surface.

Hazard Management


Storms, accidents and just poor planning can be the cause of a tree hazard. Whether it is the danger of interfering with power lines, the threat of all or parts of the tree falling on vehicles, residences or even people, the situation must be remedied as soon as possible. The danger these situations represent needs immediate attention and we can usually judge it an emergency and move it to the front of our schedule.


Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. As a rule, growth is maximized and wound closure is fastest if pruning takes place before the spring growth flush. Some trees, such as maples and birches, tend to “bleed” if pruned early in the spring. It may be unsightly, but it is of little consequence to the tree. Fruit trees should only be pruned when the ambient temperature is consistently below 60 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid interfering with their fruit production. Heavy pruning just after the spring growth flush should be avoided. At that time, trees have just expended a great deal of energy to produce foliage and early shoot growth. Removal of a large percentage of foliage at that time can stress the tree.


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