Tree Pruning

Tree cutter pruning of tree

Our team are experts in all forms of pruning. Did you know one of the most common problems we see in the urban environment is improper pruning? This is a major problem because the damage is irreparable. Species, time of year, and amount of pruning must all be carefully considered. Below are the methods applied to various pruning techniques.

Corrective pruning – This could be thought of as standard pruning. Typically, this includes the removal of deadwood, selective thinning of interior crossing and rubbing branches if required, clearance to hydro/communication wires and structures.

Structure pruning – This is typically applied to newly planted and juvenile trees to make sure they grow with a solid structure as they mature. Often a small amount of pruning goes a long way to promoting a strong and balanced structure throughout the tree’s life. We also apply structure pruning to trees through various stages of life to reduce the likelihood of failure and other issues.

Architectural tree pruning – We often see landscapes designed with specific tree shapes to accentuate features within the landscape. This can be globing shapes, topiaries, square shapes, hedges, etc. We meticulously prune with the objectives in mind to achieve the highest aesthetic standards. Our team is regularly referred by landscape architects and designers to manage the treescape for their clients. If you have a single tree to shape, or an estate property, we are the company for you.

Mature tree pruning – It is vital to approach mature tree pruning carefully. Certain species respond well to pruning, while others do not. Typically, when pruning mature trees less is better. Large diameter pruning cuts can take a lot of energy from the tree to seal over, and in many cases turn into cavities over time. These kinds of cuts should be avoided when possible. When pruning mature trees, the objective is usually safety and longevity. This work often includes branch length/height reductions to reduce chances of failure, removal of deadwood, as well as clearance pruning objectives. Consult with our team to find out if your tree species is susceptible to pests or disease as pruning during the winter months is a requirement for many species.

Fruit tree pruning – The way in which fruit trees are pruned differs drastically from other deciduous trees. Many species of fruit tree are far more tolerant to pruning and will not be adversely affected by the removal of fairly large quantities of live growth. When pruning for fruit production, it is ideal to strive for an open canopy with even light distribution throughout. To achieve that we will remove excessive water shoots (sucker growth), thin interfering branches, and reduce tall central stems to promote more lateral growth. Fruit trees are often prone to foliar fungal issues and increasing airflow will help to control this in some cases.

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