Correct tree pruning is essential to promoting healthy, beautiful trees on your property. Tree pruning is the removal of dead, decaying, and/or undesirable limbs from a tree in order to:
- Improve visual appeal
- Promote healthy growth
- Remove hazards
Safe, Professional Pruning
At Hansen’s, we offer safe and effective pruning methods that are proven to add strength and beauty to your trees, while reducing the potential for breakage or hazards:
- Cleaning: The removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree.
- Thinning: Selective branch removal to improve structure and to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Proper thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree’s natural shape.
- Raising: Removes the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.
- Reduction: Reduces the size of a tree, often for utility line clearance. Reducing a tree’s height or spread is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to secondary branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree.
These practices are approved by the International Society of Arborists (ISA) and our knowledgeable ISA Certified Arborists are committed to practicing ethical tree pruning techniques.
When to Call a Professional
Uncertain whether your trees need to be pruned? At Hansen’s, we offer free estimates and risk assessments to help you determine if your trees need to be pruned. Be sure to call a professional if your tree limbs are:
- Broken and hanging
- Close to your home or power lines
- Haven’t been pruned before
If you notice that your tree has broken limbs or limbs close to power lines, do not walk under hanging limbs or attempt to remove them yourself.
Avoid accidents and call a professional for safe removal.