Crown Cleaning is required in situations where dead, damaged, weakly attached, or diseased branches need to be removed. This process reduces the risks of hazards and helps to promote health and vigor for the tree. Regular tree pruning eliminates these issues before they become a liability.
Crown Thinning is a pruning process that eliminates conflicting branches and reduces the canopy by approximately thirty-five percent to maintain sound structure. This increases air flow and light penetration and reduces structural pressure on the tree.
Crown Raising is a pruning process where the lower branches of the tree are removed to increase visibility and to provide clearance over streets, sidewalks, driveways and structures.
Crown Reduction is a pruning process where the height of a tree is reduced to an acceptable level by trimming the branch back to a leader that will assume the role of the new dominant branch. The improper and careless method of Crown Reduction is referred to as topping, and is NOT recommended. This is a process where branches are cut back to bare stubs. These heading cuts stress the tree, cause decay, and produce open wounds that are susceptible to sunscald, pests, and diseases.
When trees are improperly pruned, the canopy needs to be restored. Crown Restoration is a process by which a damaged tree is trained to resume its natural growth habit. Restoration works to improve the tree’s appearance and structure after improper tree pruning or storm damage.
Vista Pruning is a process where branches are selectively pruned to create a viewing window within the tree. This is most commonly done to improve the view of seascapes, landscapes and mountains.
Vista pruning is also done to expose street signs to drivers and pedestrians. Other pruning practices used to accomplish similar goals include Crown Reduction and Crown Raising.