Raising the Canopy:
In this type of tree trimming only the lower limbs on a tree are removed. Raising tree up to an even height, often to make room for a person to walk underneath, over walkways or thoroughfares.
Crown or Canopy Cleaning:
This is part of routine tree maintenance. All dead/dying and diseased limbs are removed. Limbs too close together or with attachment points too close together are removed.
Crown or Canopy Thinning:
In crown thinning, the first step is to perform crown cleaning as well as selective removal of live branches with a focus on increasing aesthetics, improving light penetration, improving air flow as well as to reduce branch weight. It is not recommended to remove more than 25% of the trees foliage producing limbs in one year, proper thinning will maintain natural shape of tree.
Crown or Canopy Reduction:
Canopy reduction is used when a tree has outgrown its environment and cannot continue to grow upward. This is most often due to interference with overhead utility lines and is best done as part of a yearly maintenance program where a small portion is removed each year, less than 25% always.
Improves the structure, form and appearance of trees that have been severely headed, poorly manicured, vandalized or damaged. May require several visits.
Tipping or Topping:
Topping is a drastic reduction in a tree that has outgrown its environment. 100% of the foliage producing limbs over a certain height are removed. Tipping or topping is the last resort before complete tree removal. May be harmful or fatal to the tree.
Shaping or Training Trees:
Starting when trees are young is the best way to prune. A little work in the first 5-10 years of a tree’s life can save a lot of work later. Trees respond well to pruning when young and can be trained towards a desired shape. When trees are really young you can focus on creating a healthy scaffold with a strong central leader. This aids in the health of the tree, and prevents problematic breakages when the tree matures.
Palm Tree Service:
Includes removal of dead fronds and seed pods. If not truck accessible, palms will be climbed using spikes.
Palm Tree Skinning:
Removal of the remains from dead fronds. Skinning leaves a palm tree smooth and looking more tropical like. Diamond cuts are becoming very popular and can be done in a way that the top of a palm tree resembles a pineapple. skinning can prevent scorpions or other pests from residing within the tree skins.