PRUNING SHOULD BE DONE PROPERLY
OR NOT DONE AT ALL Once a tree has been pruned it will affect the growth of a tree either negatively or positively for years. Risks are taken when tree companies are hired for expediency or price alone. Cutting with a chainsaw does not equate with proper pruning. A sawyer making a single wrong cut can be the difference between the decline rather than the longevity of a tree. Even with all the scientific and field research findings available the worst kind of pruning practices such as topping, flush cutting, and lion tailing continues throughout the U.S.
• Spikes or climbing gaffs should not be worn on a tree climber’s boots when ascending a tree to prune. Spiking wounds can spread disease from tree to tree.
• Flush Cuts destroy the healing/sealing zone!
• Tree paint should be applied to certain species if pruned in the spring and summer months so as to ward of vectors drawn to the open wounds. The sensitive callous area where a pruning wound seals can have a light coat of aerosol punning paint applied.
• Tree surgery has a place in modern arboriculture. Few bother with it today in a culture of ‘just cut it down”.
We have pruned one lone Maple in a back yard or 500 mature trees in Forest park.
TYPES OF PRUNING • Tree crown restoration from storm damage or bad pruning • Hazard deadwood removal • Selective crown thinning • Crown reduction • Crown raising • Vista Pruning • Directional • Clearance • Training • Shaping • Espalier