Tree Trimming & Pruning Services: for the Health of Your Trees, for the Safety of Your Property
Seasonal pruning is one of the most valuable things you can do for the health and longevity of your trees. Expert pruning services by the professionals at SavATree will help to preserve your trees’ structural integrity, shape, health, and beauty. Seasonal pruning also reduces the risk of falling tree limbs during severe weather, helping you safeguard the people, pets, and buildings on your property.
Entrust your tree pruning to our SavATree specialists, who:
- keep up-to-date on the most effective science-based pruning techniques.
- have a thorough understanding of tree physiology.
- have deep practical experience with a wide range of tree species.
- are equipped with the best tools, and know how to use them correctly.
- adhere to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for tree pruning, referred to as ANSI A300. The A300 standards are the consensus standards among industry experts, and recommend or require everything from the cutting techniques and pruning methods arborists should follow, to the specific tools they should use for certain procedures.
Benefits of Tree Pruning by Professionals
You may think of tree pruning as something done to make a tree look better. While improved appearance is certainly among the upsides, pruning is fundamentally a tree health practice. And it’s an important one. Here are some of the many benefits professional pruning services provide to your trees and landscape:
Reducing Risk to People, Pets, and Property
Our first priority in pruning services is the detection and removal of diseased, broken, or dead tree branches and limbs that present a danger to surrounding people and structures, especially during severe weather.
In addition to mitigating structural issues, pruning of this type can prevent disease-causing fungi on one part of the tree from penetrating and infecting other areas of your tree.
When dangerous or diseased limbs are removed, it sometimes requires the careful pruning or removal of live branches by a skilled arborist in order to preserve the tree’s structural integrity and appearance.
Achieving Clearance Requirements
It is important to prune low-hanging tree branches that border walking paths, driveways, and surrounding buildings so that the tree does not interfere with the safe passage of pedestrians and cars. On urban properties, those concerns further extend to ensure the tree limbs and foliage on the homeowner’s property do not impede public sidewalks and roadways, or the visibility of traffic lights and street signs.
Avoiding and Treating Disease
Many tree diseases are promoted by excess moisture. So circumstances that can cause chronic dampness in the tree’s foliage, stems, or root system — including inadequate sunlight and air flow in the tree’s crown — can be major contributors to its diseased state.
For that reason, pruning the affected tree (and/or any nearby trees that may be crowding it) can open up its leaf canopy to improve sunlight penetration and air flow. Those improved conditions can help the tree avoid the occurrence of moisture-related pathogens, or improve the success of the arborist’s preventive treatments for those diseases.
Correcting Problems in Young Trees
The careful pruning of structural defects in young trees, known as developmental tree pruning, helps young trees grow up with a strong, attractive, and healthy branch architecture. Thoughtful pruning of trees when they are young can reduce the chance of serious problems when they mature — and avoid the need for costly corrective measures like cabling and bracing.
Over time, often as a result of storm damage or structural failure, the crown shape and branch structure of a mature tree can deteriorate. That’s when we advocate “restoration pruning” by a skilled arborist to bring the tree back to its characteristic form and stimulate new, healthy growth. To reap the rewards, restoration pruning requires advanced techniques applied over multiple pruning cycles. But the renewed splendor and vigor of a beloved landscape tree can be well worth the effort!
Improving the View
The strategic pruning, thinning, or removal of branches in a tree’s canopy can be performed to give property owners an improved view. This creates visual access to lakes, valleys, or other picturesque views, while maintaining your privacy where desired.
What’s the Best Time of Year for Pruning?
Given the variety of tree species, and the different purposes for pruning, our professional arborists perform pruning services throughout the year.
When the purpose of the pruning is for the general health of the tree, we look to do pruning on deciduous trees (i.e., trees that lose their leaves) when they are dormant and most of their nutrients are held in the roots and wood. For most of our customer areas, that’s usually November through March — after the trees’ leaves have fallen, and before the new leaves have formed. We typically prune evergreen trees late in their winter dormant season, just before new growth begins.
When the purpose of the pruning is to find and remove dead and damaged limbs on trees, winter can be an ideal season. On the leafless deciduous trees, it’s easier for the arborist to spot defects — fungus, cracks, malformation of branches — and then have clear access to perform the pruning.
First, Do No Harm!
Yes, your trees can be harmed, often irreparably, by neglecting good pruning practices. But pruning that is performed improperly can be just as damaging… to the tree’s structural integrity, to its appearance, and to its overall health.
Pruning a tree at the wrong time of the year, or over-pruning, can cause serious injury to the tree’s tissues. Needlessly removing a still-vigorous branch and foliage can decrease the tree‘s ability to make food. Improper cuts can create wounds in the tree that invite pests and diseases.
Protect your investments: Entrust the pruning and trimming of your trees to the qualified arborists at SavATree!
Professional tree pruning and trimming services can help you protect these valuable landscape assets by achieving strong, beautiful, sustainably healthy trees. SavATree’s arborists are ready to help — whether you have questions about our pruning services, specific concerns about one or more of your trees, or just want to learn more about SavATree tree care options. [Learn about the full complement of Tree Care services we offer.]