Golden Leaf Tree Experts

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Tree Pruning & Trimming

Proper pruning will improve a tree’s health. It does so by increasing structural strength, decreasing the risk of stem and branch breakage, minimizing inefficient growth, reducing hazards, diminishing susceptibility to pests, and enhancing growth patterns. Proper trimming will also make the tree look more beautiful.

But the key is proper pruning. When pruning is done incorrectly it will have the reverse effects: significant tree stress, weakened structure, susceptibility to infection, decreased aesthetic beauty, and a decline in overall health. Some techniques such as tree topping are especially harmful and can kill a tree.

We are well versed in the complex art of proper tree pruning. Whether you live in downtown Fort Worth and Dallas or the surrounding country areas, we have the expertise necessary to undertake any tree pruning project you may have in mind. Our educated arborists have extensive knowledge about what branches and stems need to be trimmed and the best practices for doing so. This knowledge results from an understanding of tree biology, tree energy conservation, natural target pruning, and how various types of trees respond to pruning cuts.

Furthermore, our knowledge is differentiated between mature trees and young trees. For mature trees, we often concentrate on reducing possible hazards and maintaining a healthy tree. For younger trees, our focus largely centers on improving the structure of the tree so that it has a strong foundation from which to grow.

With each project, we follow ANSI A300 Pruning Standards, which are recognized and accepted by arborists across the US. For example, we always climb the tree without spikes. Using spikes could result in unnecessary injury to the tree. We always make proper pruning cuts at exactly the right location. Making improper pruning cuts will introduce decay vectors. When cutting back to a lateral, we choose laterals large enough to support terminal growth. The current rule of thumb is to choose a lateral that is at least 1/3 the diameter of the branch being pruned. The list goes on and on.

Here are some of the types of tree pruning that we offer:

Cleaning: This is selective pruning to remove dead, diseased, dying, broken, and weak branches from the crown of a tree. This helps reduce hazards and minimize inefficient growth. We also remove crossing, conflicting, and rubbing branches. This will reduce structural conflicts that increase the possibility for branch failure and poor growth development. Crown cleaning usually only includes branches over a certain size in diameter, which is specified on a case-by-case basis depending on your goals and the tree’s needs.
Raising: We trim the lower branches to provide vertical clearance in order to reduce hazards to passers-by, create a better view of a house, and a variety of other reasons.
Reduction/Shaping: Selective pruning to decrease the height and/or spread of the canopy and to achieve a desired shape.
Thinning: Pruning to reduce the density of live branches. This type of trimming helps allow more sunlight penetration and increased airflow throughout the crown of the tree. It can also be used to reduce the weight of the canopy at certain key areas, particularly at the tips.
Structural pruning: This is selective trimming used to enhance the tree’s growth patterns and decrease the possibility of future mechanical failure. This type of pruning is particularly important for younger, smaller trees and often involves training a dominant, upright stem with well-spaced branches so as to create maximum structural integrity for the tree as it ages.
Restoration pruning: Trimming that is aimed at improving the structure, form, and appearance of a tree that has been damaged.
Targeted pruning: Especially when hazard reduction is the goal, we will target very specific branches to be removed.
Vista pruning: Trimming to allow a specific view, usually by creating view “windows” through the tree’s crown.

No matter the job, Golden Leaf Tree Experts has the expertise, knowledge, and ability to take care of all your tree pruning needs. Contact us today and we will arrange for one of our educated arborists to meet with you in order to discuss your needs!