Spring cleanup! It’s that time of the year – when we shake off the film winter has left behind and make way for new growth! Although they may look self-sufficient, your trees need a proper spring clean-up! Tree pruning is an essential part of keeping your trees healthy and strong.

There are many different types of proper pruning. See below for the correct Arborist terminology from ISA.com.


Pruning Techniques

Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree.

Thinning is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree’s natural shape.

Raising removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.

Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for clear- ance for utility lines. Reducing the height or spread of a tree is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to lateral branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the form and structural integrity of tree.

Quoted from http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/pruning_mature.aspx

How often should you prune your trees? In order to prevent disease and hazardous limbs, you must keep up with the maintenance of your trees. Different species require different frequency and attention; call our office today to get specific details on your tree! Tree pruning is an essential part of keeping your trees healthy and strong. Call us today and we can take one thing off of your to-do list! Your trees will thank you!