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Pruning, Trimming, Reduction

We handle residential and commercial tree pruning and trimming, from large oak trees to smaller ornamentals (apple, cherry, etc.). Fine-pruning trees in your landscape takes skill, and it's as much of an art...

... as a science. Some companies shortcut the job and compromise the tree's future, removing critical, nourishing branches.

Trimming and thinning is an important and often-overlooked necessity in landscape maintenance. Thinning removes unwanted excess branch growth, deadwood, and debris - removing a favored breeding ground for boring beetles and insects that damage and kill trees.

Pruning back overgrowth lightens the load on over-burdented branches and reduces windsail, greatly improving the tree's safety risk, while leaving valuable shade. Pruning and thinning tree maintenance prolongs a tree's lifespan too, since we're shaping the tree in ways that allow new and future growth to occur in the right places and in proper directions, improving the capacity for greater natural growth.

Periodic tree maintenance via pruning, trimming, and thinning is important for appearance and safety because it helps sculpt or train the tree, forcing it to grow how we want it to. Left to its own, a tree will often grow in strange and unmanageable directions. As the unmanaged and overweighted tree grows larger and heavier each year, it can actually kill itself by essentially splitting in half (often in a heavy wind), destroying the cambrium and its ability to grow. Even if the tree survives, the exposed and ripped-apart areas where the breaks occur are an open invitation for insect infestation (then a slower, painful-to-watch death takes place).

Strategically and selectively removing specific branches, carefully shaping the tree, is sometimes called fine pruning. Anyone can chop branches off a tree, but we regard fine pruning as art form, because we are carefully forming an aesthetically-perfect tree (and thus allowing future growth to occur correctly and naturally). Some inexperienced companies are more haphazard and take a very short time, presumably because they just don't understand or care about the "art" (or perhaps to low-ball their bid), but you definitely will get what you pay for.

Reducing the size - height or width - of a tree and/or its canopy is known as Reduction. The wrong way is "pollarding" (topping) a tree, which was common in the past but is acknowledged today by tree experts and arborists as a very bad tree maintenance practice. Abrupty lopping off the top/s of a tree's crown/s causes deformation and what grows up are groups of "finger branches" that trap leaves and debris, which fosters rot (included bark) and insect infestation, as well as dangerous windsail. Reducing a tree the right way involves cutting multi-pronged branches back to their main laterals and, again, the strategic removal of specifically-selected branches,. The appearance of the tree becomes centered and balanced, and also improves the tree's safety risk.

Parker Tree Service has specialized in tree pruning, thinning, trimming, and reduction sinceSince 1937. Let us show you why.