Tree & Shrub Pruning

Tree Pros Tree & Shrub Pruning

You can trust our certified Arborists and Certified tree workers to provide the highest quality tree pruning available. Our pruning standards were adopted by the American National Standards Institute A-300 tree pruning guidelines (ANSI-300), and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Whether it"s a small ornamental or a large shade tree, we respect all trees and take our role in their care seriously.

Below is common terminology used when we provide you with a bid to prune your trees or shrubs.

Crown Clean Prune:

Includes the removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches, 1 inch diameter and larger from the crown of the tree, it also includes clearance on buildings, utility wires, streets and sidewalks. This is the preferred method of pruning for larger trees, it cleans up the tree without removing too much live foliage which is the healthiest approach to pruning large trees.

Structure Prune:

This is mainly for young trees to help establish a strong central lead, to establish well-spaced branches, and to eliminate structural defects. This is one of the most important practices for young trees.

Complete Prune:

This type of pruning includes everything listed under crown clean prune, but also includes thinning the tree by up to 20%. This type of pruning is usually done to smaller trees or fruit trees that are vigorous enough to withstand the loss of live foliage.

Crown Raising:

This type of pruning only removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings,vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.

Crown Reduction:

This type of pruning reduces the size of a tree, often to provide clearance for utility lines, solar panels or other overhead obstacles. It is not the preferred method of pruning and can permanently alter the structure of the tree.

Crown Restoration:

Improves the structure, form and appearance of trees that have been severely damaged by snow, wind or other events.

Safety Prune:

Removes dead and broken limbs 2" in diameter and larger, provides clearance on buildings, utility wires, streets and sidewalks. This option is often recommended to provide a money saving option, or because it is the preferred method for certain species like Russian Olive or Siberian Elm that incur repeated damage from squirrels.

Shrub Pruning:

There are two types of pruning that are offered for shrubs, shearing or natural pruning. Shearing is when electric or gas powered shears are used to establish a smooth, formal appearance. Natural pruning is when hand clippers are used to shape and reduce size while leaving the shrub with a natural appearance.