Tree Trimming, Elevating, Thinning, Deadwooding
Trimming or pruning is a general term for tree maintenance. Depending on the individual tree's situation, a combination of things may be done to improve your tree.
Elevation over obstactles like powerlines, rooflines, fences, sidewalks, driveways, yards, satelites, or other trees and plants etc.
Thinning to improve aesthetics , airflow for disease issues, vistas
Deadwooding and broken branch removal for tree health to prevent decay
Whole limb removal to help balance a tree visually or to eleviate a potential hazard it poses from heavy weight above.
There are many ways to trim a tree. The correct way involves hiring an ISA Certified Arborist such as our's who has a wealth of knowledge all about trees, the way they grow, and how they can be trained. An ISA Arborist must uphold a code of ethics pertaining to proper tree techniques and business practices so you can be assured you and your trees will be treated right.
Crown Reduction, Storm Damage Restructuring
Crown reduction is a technique used when a tree has grown to large for its space. It is preferred to topping which is an illegal form of cutting which takes large sections of a tree away by stubbing off limbs and leaving large wounds which rot before they seal over.
Crown reduction reduces individual branches in a balanced fashion down to a branch junction which is an area of a tree limb equipped to slow rot and seal the wound over. This is from the top of the tree down and not all at once. Depending on the degree of reduction it may take several years to properly reduce a tree minimizing shock.
Storm damage from wind or ice loads will dessimate a tree. Good candidates for salvage can be pruned of all the broken parts and trained to become a tree again.
Cabling and Tree Stabilization
Cabling is used when a tree has developed a crack or it is prone to splitting by design. All-thread bolts are used to pull split trunk sections together and cables or dynamic slings are secured 2/3 of the way up the tree to hold it together.
Some trees grow branches at steep angles that may split when a wind or ice event exerts downward forces on them. Trees such as the bradford pear and autumn blaze maple are known for this. Other varieties will do it also so it is a good idea to have an arborist with an eye for this problem survey the trees in your yard and install these supports before damage occurs.