It is essential for the safety and health of your trees that pruning is done properly. Proper Pruning can aid in the development of your trees, while improper pruning can cause irreparable damage. Improper pruning can lead to decay, disease, and insect infestation—essentially ruining your tree as well as weakening its structural integrity, making it more likely to fall or break. Through proper pruning we can reduce the risk of trees falling or limbs breaking and improve the overall health and appearance of your trees. Our ISA Certified Arborists are highly trained in the art and science of tree and shrub pruning. Our consulting Arborists make recommendations from the ground, but our highly trained arborists on each crew are making educated decisions in the tree. Our team members pride themselves in getting each pruning cut just right, and preserving our city’s historic trees for future enjoyment.


Improper pruning of a Crape Myrtle

Improper pruning of a Crape Myrtle


  • Crown Cleaning and Thinning

Crown cleaning is a type of pruning that is done to remove limbs that are dead, diseased, dying, or inhibiting the growth of other limbs. One of the primary purposes of crown cleaning is to help prevent the spread of disease or decay. Crown cleaning will also allow for better air circulation throughout the canopy of the tree, preventing the ‘sail effect’ which can cause limb breakage and other tree damage during storms and periods of strong winds. Thinning of the crown also allows for more sunlight to penetrate to the trees lower branches, which may not have received as much sunlight had the canopy been denser. Another important purpose for crown cleaning and thinning is to manage and eliminate rubbing branches and weak branch unions that could cause damage to the tree.


Pruning, before and after

Pruning, before and after


  • Crown Elevation

Crown elevation is done to raise the branch level from the ground to a higher, desired height. Crown elevation is not required, but can stimulate growth in the canopy of young trees. Crown elevation can help ease access to areas close to the tree, as well as reduce interference with your line of sight.

  • Structural Pruning

Structural pruning is done to encourage a central, dominant trunk (or leader) in a tree. Trees with one dominant leader are structurally stronger than those that have multiple. Structural pruning can be done to trees of any age, and the pruning cuts for structural pruning are small, leaving insignificant wounds. Younger trees respond quicker than older trees that already have an established trunk diameter; however mature trees can still be pruned to help encourage a stronger, safer structure.

  • Pruning for Safety

Removals of dead, diseased, or otherwise weak limbs often need to occur to improve the safety of a property. Branches hanging over doorways, buildings, or walkways can be removed to avoid any potential danger or damage they could cause. Trees that haven’t had any crown cleaning could have weak, dead limbs that could fall and break during a storm. Denser canopies don’t allow wind to pass through them, which can cause added strain to a tree during periods of intense winds and increase the likelihood of broken branches and falling trees.