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Serving Northeastern Washington
From Spokane to Colville


Six Tree Pruning Methods

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Tree Care, Tree Pruning, Tree Trimming | 12 comments

Certified arborists, such as yours truly, use several different techniques of tree pruning, depending on the objectives. The most common include: Crown Cleaning Thinning Reduction Restoration Raising Utility Pruning Crown Cleaning Crown cleaning is the selective removal of dead, diseased, broken, or weakly-attached branches from a tree crown. This is the most common pruning technique for landscape trees. Regular pruning should correct small growth problems before they develop into large problems. Crown Thinning Crown thinning includes...

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Tree Pruning Guidelines for Mature Trees

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Tree Care, Tree Pruning, Tree Trimming | 0 comments

A number of factors must be considered when pruning mature trees. These include: site, time of year, species, size, growth habit, vitality and maturity. The amount of live tissues that should be removed depends on the tree size, species, and age, as well as the tree pruning objectives. Younger trees tolerate the removal of a higher percentage of living tissue more than mature trees. As a general rule, mature trees are less tolerant of severe tree pruning than juvenile trees. Also, smaller cuts close faster and are more easily compartmentalized...

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The Five Steps of Structural Tree Pruning

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Tree Care, Tree Pruning, Tree Trimming | 1 comment

I don’t mean to be a snob. But I care about trees to much not to say it: If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t just start hacking at them. Not only will they look bad, but you’ll undoubtedly damage them as well. Use a certified arborist for tree pruning, using the following five steps: Step 1: Remove broken, dead, dying, or damaged branches. Self-explanatory, yes? Step 2: Select and establish a desired structure, most often a dominant leader. On most trees there should only be one leader, which is usually the...

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