Cabling and bracing
Cabling and bracing are a small part of a larger category of supplemental support systems, used to provide support to leaders, individual branches, and/or entire trees. Cables, and braces provide supplemental support by limiting the movement of the branches, leaders, or of the entire tree. Learn more →
Vista or view pruning utilizes the crown thinning, crown reduction, or crown raising types of pruning on various parts of the tree. Often vista pruning thins out a portion of the tree's crown to provide a permeable view from a pre-specified location, such as a deck, dinning room, or master bedroom.
Air excavation tools use supersonic compressed air to remove soil within the root system of a tree or shrub, with minimal damage when compared to other types of soil removal. Often many tree problems arise from root problems, such as stem girdling roots, raised grade, soil compaction, or trenching. Learn more →
Crown thinning is the selective removal of small live branches to reduce crown density. Because the majority of small branches are at the outside edge of the crown, thinning is focused in that area. Proper thinning retains crown shape and size. Also, thinning should provide an even distribution of foliage throughout the crown.
Structural pruning is the removal of live branches and stems to influence the orientation, spacing, growth rate, strength of attachment, and ultimate size of branches and stems. Structural pruning is used on young and medium-aged trees to help engineer a sustainable trunk and branch arrangement. If young trees are pruned to promote good structure, they likely will remain serviceable in the landscape for more years than trees that have not been structurally pruned. Waiting until the tree grows larger makes structural pruning difficult and is more damaging to the tree.
Crown reduction is the selective removal of branches and stems to decrease the height and/or spread of a tree or shrub. This type of pruning is done to minimize risk of failure, to reduce height or spread, to clear vegetation from buildings or other structures, views, or to improve the appearance of the plant. Portions of the crown, such as individual limbs, can be reduced to balance the canopy, provide clearance, or reduce the likelihood of breakage on limbs with defects. Reducing or thinning should be considered if cabling would be performed. Crown reduction should not be confused with topping.
Crown Cleaning is the selective removal of dead, diseased, detached, cracked, and broken branches. This type of pruning is done to reduce the risk of branches falling from the tree, and to reduce the spread of decay, insects, and diseases from dead or dying branches into the rest of the tree. It can be performed on trees of any age but it is most common on medium-aged and mature trees. Crown cleaning is the preferred pruning type for mature trees because it does not remove live branches unnecessarily.
Raising is the selective removal of branches to provide vertical clearance. Crown raising shortens or removes lower branches of a tree to provide clearance for buildings, signs, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.