Tree Trimming & Pruning
Jeff Parkhurst has been providing ISA Certified Tree Trimming & Pruning Services to Goldsboro, Wilson, Kinston, & all of Eastern, North Carolina for almost 10 years. There is a proper trimming method for each type of tree and during different seasons. Trimming a tree improperly may kill it and force a potentially expensive removal.
Tree branches attach to each other in three main ways: collared, collarless, and codominant unions. Each has a recommended trimming method to prevent regrowth and limit the spread of decay. Improperly trimmed branches may regrow, sprout, or spread decay to the rest of the tree. These are a few of the different types of cuts.
- Thinning: A more drastic form of pruning, a thinning out cut is the removal of an entire shoot, limb, or branch at its point of origin.
- Topping: is a very severe form of pruning which involves removing all branches and growths down to a few large branches or to the trunk of the tree.
- Raising & Reduction: Raising removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas. Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for clearance for utility lines.
There are three main reason for Trimming & Pruning Trees: aesthetic purposes, safety concerns, or to maintain tree health. Removing dead limbs improve trees’ health, appearance, and creates a safer environment under the tree. Raising a tree’s canopy and thinning its crown opens up a landscape and decreases the load of the tree during high wind.
- Dead-wooding: Branches die off for a number of reasons ranging from light deficiency, pests and disease damage to root damage. A tree with a large amount of dead throughout the crown looks more aesthetically pleasing with the deadwood removed.
- Crown & Canopy Thinning: Increases light and reduces wind resistance by selective removal of branches throughout the canopy of the tree.
- Crown & Canopy Lifting: Crown lifting involves the removal of the lower branches to a given height. The height is achieved by the removal of whole branches or removing the parts of branches which extend below the desired height.