Periodic tree trimming and tree pruning are important to the health of your trees. They help stimulate growth and retain the tree’s natural appearance. However, do-it-yourselfers often end up trimming incorrectly, which can cause serious damage to your beloved green asset.
Ultimate Tree Service provides highly skilled teams that approach trimming and pruning as both a science and an art. The science involves understanding tree biology. It’s important to recognize plant flaws and skillfully eliminate or minimize defects without hindering the tree’s growth or causing irreparable damage.
The art form, meanwhile, involves masterful trimming and pruning techniques. Our goal is to remove deadwood to aesthetically shape your tree. We strive to enhance the health and beauty of your plants so they achieve your landscape goals.
Tree Pruning vs. Tree Trimming
Tree trimming and tree pruning are often confused. Though similar, they are not the same. Tree trimming focuses on aesthetics—appearance—while pruning is generally done for health and safety reasons. Both services are performed at separate times of the year using different pieces of equipment. Learn about the difference between pruning versus trimming so you can give your Santa Rosa/Sonoma County landscape exactly what it needs.
What Is Tree Trimming?
The goal of tree trimming is to help trees, shrubs, and hedges look their best. When trees are left uncared for, branches can overgrow, leading to a scraggly, unbalanced shape.
Property owners engage a tree trimming company to make the property more aesthetically pleasing by achieving a clean, trim look to their landscaping.
Think of trimming as getting a nice haircut. Trimming typically comes to mind with shrubbery—especially with artistic trimming that results in interesting shapes and designs. But trimming also applies to trees, and is applied differently depending on the type of tree, where it’s located and its purpose in the overall landscape.
Aside from promoting a clean look, tree trimming also helps alleviate excessively dense trees and bushes that block sunlight and moisture from reaching a landscape. Tree trimming is also designed to enhance safety. Branches that grow overly long, are diseased and/or decaying can pose a safety threat for everything beneath them, including people, pets and property.
What is Tree Pruning?
Tree pruning helps protect the tree against pests and diseases, and it promotes strong growth. Pruning primarily involves removing dead, dying or diseased branches that endanger with the tree’s healthy development. Pruning also targets growth that interferes with other parts of the plant, such as branches that cross over one another.
Generally, trees should be pruned annually after the blooming cycle. Our Arborist can help determine which trees should be pruned, when and how. This is important since improper pruning techniques can damage the tree. If disease is present, it can spread and eventually kill the whole tree.
Tree pruning can also help protect the health of surrounding plants and shrubs. When a tree is too dense, for example, it prevents air and light penetration. Thinning the tree enables light and air to penetrate that are crucial for the growth of trees, shrubs and other plants.
The tree pruning specialists at Ultimate Tree Service have extensive experience and are guided by a Certified Arborist.
Objectives of Tree Pruning
- Remove dead, hanging, and hazardous branches
- Improve and maintain tree health
- Increase the lifespan of the tree
- Provide clearance from a building, house or driveway
- Reduce wind resistance and shade
- Enhance fruit and flower production
- Improve the aesthetics of tree or improve the view
- Improve natural light to your property
Our Tree Pruning and Maintenance Services
Crown Cleaning. Crown cleaning involves the removal of broken, dead, dying, diseased, low growth, and competing branches. Most pruning of mature trees falls into the crown cleaning category. Declining trees or those under stress may need crown cleaning every 6 months to several years.
Crown Lifting or Raising. This is the pruning technique whereby lower branches on a mature tree are removed, which lifts the canopy or crown of the tree. Crown pruning often improves the health of your tree and surrounding plants because it receives more light and air. Crown lift pruning of trees can also increase a tree’s health because needed resources are redirected elsewhere. This can help breathe life into an older unproductive tree.
Crown Reduction. Crown reduction is a common pruning technique arborists use to control the size of the tree while maintaining the structure or shape of its crown. Arborists focus on the uppermost limbs of the tree canopy, cutting them shorter to decrease the tree’s height.
Crown Thinning. Tree crown thinning involves removing a small portion of branches, usually from the outer crown. The goal is to produce an evenly spaced branch structure and, sometimes to thin the entire canopy. Crown thinning is typically performed on trees where the root zone is restricted due to urban structures like streets or buildings.
Crown Restoration. This pruning technique is often used when wind and storm damage or improper pruning have stunted the tree’s growth. Crown restoration pruning encourages sprouts to form a strong replacement crown. Restoration can take several years, especially with old trees that lack vigor, so additional pruning may not be necessary for a long time.
Vista Pruning. When trees obstruct your view of the sea, mountains or beautiful landscape, you might consider vista pruning. Vista pruning is simply improving upon a view (vista) through two main techniques: crown reduction and thinning (either the crown or trees).
Call Us for Tree Trimming Santa Rosa/Sonoma County
When it comes to any type of tree care, we offer tree trimming and tree pruning for all types of trees: heritage, ornamental and fruit trees. You can trust Ultimate Tree Service for expert tree care and affordable, friendly service. We are certified by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) to ensure the safety and health of your trees.
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