Pruning can be done to maintain a tree's health and promote it's longevity. These optimal goals can be achieved by cleaning out dead or broken limbs, cleaning out the crown to promote new growth, elevating lower limbs for clearance, eliminating non-dominant limbs allowing dominant limbs to thrive, removing branches that interfere with structures or views, or when limbs are encroaching on other trees. We offer proper pruning techniques that produce the best results for your trees. We often recommend pruning as a viable option over removals to save your favorite trees. WE DO NOT USE SPIKES DURING TREE PRUNING. Spiking a tree that, is not being removed, leaves noticeable marks on the tree. These marks are also open wounds that can lead to rot, insect infestation, spreading of detrimental diseases, and takes away energy to heal spike wounds that could be used to heal healthy cuts made from pruning.
The worst time to prune a tree is Spring and Summer. Spring and Summer are when the tree are actively cycling. They are depleted on resources after exerting so much energy producing foliage and new growth. It takes energy to properly seal wounds made by cuts. Trees do not heal so much as they seal, through a process called Compartmentalization Of Decay In Trees(CODIT). Sometimes we have to break this rule to remove dead limbs or branches affecting a structure. Other than that MOST MAJOR PRUNING SHOULD OCCUR IN THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS. This is when the trees are dormant and have an abundance of energy stored up. They can better disperse this energy to tend to fresh cuts. This is also when bugs and beetles are less active. Pests are attracted to fresh cuts and can use this exposure to further cause harm. Beetles transfer tons a fungus and can cause wide spread of diseases.