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Mature Tree Pruning

Mature Tree Pruning: Essentials for Proper Care

Mature landscape trees require meticulous care to remain healthy, structurally sound, and beautiful. Unfortunately, many well-meaning property owners unknowingly damage established trees, shortening their lifespan with improper  tree pruning techniques. Older trees have unique needs. To ensure the optimal health of large trees and maintain the aesthetics and value of your commercial property, it is crucial to learn these mature tree pruning essentials.

Proper Pruning Requires Arborist Expertise

Our arborists perform tree pruning with a thorough understanding of tree biology. We know that each cut impacts and potentially changes the growth of a tree, so no branch should be removed without good reason. Because trees store sugar within their dense crown of leaves, we are also cautious of over-trimming that could rob a tree of nutrient reserves, causing significant stress.

Reasons to Prune Your Landscape Trees

Routine thinning does not necessarily improve tree health. Instead, landscape managers should trim trees to correct existing problems or prevent issues from occurring. When should you prune your large trees?

  • Aesthetics
    Trimming can improve the form and enhance the beauty of your trees.
  • Cleaning
    Removing dead, diseased, or weakly attached branches reduces cleanup on your property and prevents potential damage and injury.
  • Thinning
    Thinning branches can increase the ability of light and air to filter through the tree canopy to the ground below.
  • Clearance
    If your trees do not leave adequate, safe clearance around landscape features such as buildings, walkways, roadways, and electric lines, it is beneficial to trim them.

When to Prune

It is safe to prune the trees on your Sacramento, Peninsula/Los Altos, Palo Alto, Burlingame, Hillsborough, or Redwood City property at any time of the year. However, our certified arborists know that trees heal better following pruning procedures performed before the spring growth flush. We avoid the heavy pruning of trees after this growth because your trees have spent a great deal of energy producing it, and heavy pruning at this time can cause significant stress, particularly in weak trees.

Our knowledgeable team understands that mature trees do not tolerate heavy trimming as well as younger trees, taking care to remove no more than 25% of the crown, or less, depending on age. When making cuts, we are mindful of making clean cuts without damaging bark, while protecting the branch collar, and subsequently, trunk tissue, upholding the tree’s ability to heal and thrive.

When trimming diseased trees, such as those with oak wilt, we know it is best to use caution. Our arborists avoid pruning during active transmission periods when the disease spreads more easily.

Avoiding Tree Pruning Dangers

Pruning large, mature trees is not a do it yourself job. It usually requires working from tall heights using power equipment. Our licensed, insured arborists have the skills necessary to manage these physically demanding tasks safely. We believe safety is no accident, using the necessary protective equipment, proper tools, and techniques to eliminate hazards on-site.

Protect your trees with skillful mature tree pruning services from Arborwell Professional Tree Management. Contact us at , or request an arborist consultation using our online form today.

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Types of Tree Landscaping Services

Arborwell Offers Many Types of Tree Landscaping Services

The trees on commercial and estate properties require regular maintenance to remain healthy and safe. To meet the varied needs of each tree on your grounds, Arborwell offers many types of tree landscaping services. Our ISA certified arborists can evaluate your trees, helping you identify areas of opportunity for improving tree wellness.

Safeguard Your Trees with Thoughtfully Planned Preventive Maintenance Services

  • Crown Cleaning
    Our plant health care experts can help you restore the vigor of your trees, removing weakly attached branches on tree crowns, dying or diseased limbs and dead boughs.
  • Crown Thinning
    Properly thinning a tree is an art form. Let our skilled crew help you improve light penetration, air movement, and reduce weight strain on heavy limbs, beautifully shaping your trees.
  • Crown Raising
    Our tree management services can help you increase safety and visibility, raising the crown of your tree to improve clearance for pedestrians, vehicles, and nearby structures with the removal of low hanging branches.
  • Crown Reduction
    Maintain the form and structural integrity of larger trees, controlling their size with careful crown reduction. Our tree healthcare professionals prefer this method over harmful topping. By pruning leaders and branch terminals, we can safely reduce canopy size.
  • Crown Restoration
    Restore balance to trees that have suffered storm damage or unsightly, harmful topping procedures. Let our skilled arborists masterfully prune your tree, encouraging structurally sound growth as your tree reestablishes its proper shape.
  • Enhancement and Utility Pruning
    Selectively remove branches to alter the footprint of your trees, improving views or ensuring safe clearance surrounding nearby utility lines.

Proper Pruning is Essential to the Health and Growth of Your Trees

Don’t let your tree maintenance needs go overlooked. Safeguard the value of your property, ensuring your trees get the regular attention they need from our ISA certified arborists. Our annual maintenance plans make it easy to maintain and beautify your Seattle, San Diego, Sacramento, or Bay Area property, including detailed plans for thoughtfully timed tree maintenance.

What types of tree landscaping services can Arborwell provide to help improve your commercial property and the health of your trees? Call us at to discuss your property with an ISA certified arborist, or fill out our online tree assessment form today.

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