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Pruning is the practice of cutting of branches to improve the shape and growth of trees. This is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Tree pruning on overgrown trees and shrubs restores visual and structural integrity while improving overall plant health. It is one of the most important management practices for your landscape. Pruning your trees on a regular basis keeps them healthy and beautiful.
Tree pruning can also be done for safety and to prevent storm damage. Usually, tree pruning is a pre-emptive measure to remove dead branches, crowded or rubbing limbs and eliminate overhanging branches.
Urban Tree Services uses proper pruning methods, such as Crown Raising, Crown Reduction and Crown Clean-out to improve the natural shape of your trees.Crown Raising: The crown is the upper branches and leaves of a tree. Crown Raising is the removal of limbs to upright clearance. This is done to supply clearance for walkways, views, buildings, signs, etc...
Crown Reduction: Crown Reduction is the selective elimination of limbs to lower the height and lessen the width of the tree. Clearing vegetation will improve the trees longevity and appearance.
Crown Clean-out: The pruning of dead, dying, intersecting, weakly attached branches and water sprouts from a tree's canopy. Crown clean-out is the most common of our tree trimming procedures.
Professional tree pruning experts can improve the aesthetics and health of your trees while maintaining their value and protecting their livelihood. Pruning is vital to a tree's health to maintain both balance and proportion.
Please keep in mind, when pruning, these are the only cuts that should be made:
- Removing branches that cross and rub against each other
- Removing dead or weak branches that may be hazardous or may lead to decay
- Removing diseased or insect infested limbs
- Removing limbs damaged by storms, tornadoes and lightning
- Removing limbs that interfere with wires or buildings
- Training young trees for correct future growth
- Eliminating excessive weight on trees tips
Cabling & Bracing
Cabling and bracing are the two most common forms of structural support for trees. Installing steel cables between major limbs reduces strain and helps support the tree. Cabling also helps reduce stress damage from high winds and excess weight. For large, weak, or split crotches, bracing is used to give direct support and reduce twisting strain on the tree. A metal rod is inserted through the crotch, and two more cables are placed above it.
There are three major uses of cabling and bracing:
- Prevention: to reduce the chance of failure on a healthy tree with structural weakness
- Restoration: to prolong the existence of a damaged tree
- Mitigation: to reduce the hazard potential of a tree
No tree is guaranteed to be absolutely safe, and - at times - even healthy trees can fail. We can tell you if your landscape contains high-risk or potentially hazardous trees. In our consultation with you we will include a recommended course of action and care guidelines.
In addition, proactive, preventive maintenance in advance of harsh weather will help to prevent unexpected storm damage to your trees. Wind, rain or imbalance can break or cause a tree to fall, which can cause disastrous amounts of damage to any property or people nearby.
Trees in excess of 12" in diameter are most likely to cause serious injury or property damage when they fall. Urban Tree Services performs Risk Audits to assess the stability of trees in accordance to proximity to homes, utilities, property or businesses. If the trees are close to a structure, you need to make sure that the roots are under control so as not to impose danger to the structural integrity. Periodic inspections by our specialists are an excellent way to keep you and your trees protected.
A lot of power outages are caused by falling trees or branches that come in contact with electrical lines. Falling trees and branches can cause wires to break or sag to the ground, possibly causing danger to motorists and pedestrians. The shape, size and growth rate of trees determine how often they need to be trimmed.
Generally we recommend keeping 10 feet of clearance on all sides of power lines. Directional pruning conditions trees to grow away from power lines by removing only the branches that come in contact with the wires. By selectively trimming a tree's branches, we can retain much of the tree's natural crown. Directional pruning "trains" the tree to grow away from power lines by removing only the branches that come in contact with the wires. By selectively trimming the trees' branches, we can'retain much of the tree's natural crown.
In the event that a tree must be removed from your property, our tree crew will remove the tree safely according to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications and ensure we bring the tree down without damage to your home, landscaping or property. We offer complete removal to ensure that your property and service area will be neat and tidy upon completion. After we finish, Urban Tree Services removes any evidence that we were ever there!
Reasons A Tree Should Be Removed:
- The tree is growing too close to the home and is causing or could possibly cause foundation problems
- The tree is blocking sunlight so that the other trees or plants near it cannot grow properly
- The tree is dead, dying or diseased and poses a threat to your home or property
- The tree's canopy has become too large and the grass on the lawn is no longer able to grow properly
- The tree has become a nuisance or is in the way of home improvement
Stump grinding provides a straightforward and less abrasive stump removal process than traditional stump removal, resulting in great cost savings and eliminating damage to your lawn.
Urban Tree Services provides stump removal for any size tree stump. We can remove your stump when we cut down your tree, or you can call us at a later date for stump removal. With our top of the line stump grinding machine, we can remove any unsightly stump from anywhere on your property. Whether you want to enhance your property's appearance or are tired of mowing around your stumps, call us today for a free estimate.
Planting and Tree Installation
Do you prefer to plant a tree rather than remove one? We can do your tree planting for you. As tree experts, we can help you pick the right tree to plant in the right spot. We can find you the perfect tree at an affordable price. Whether it's a single tree or a group of trees, there is no job too big or small. Our crews have experience in planting all sizes and varieties of plants, which will ensure that your new tree will be handled professionally and correctly.
We can also teach you how to properly care for your new tree and educate you on the benefits that trees can bring to your property - not only by adding value to your real estate but also the practical advantages as well. The shade provided by trees reduces the costs of cooling in the summer and its proximity to your home can provide some insulation in the winter, reducing the cost of heating. The root structure of trees can help reduce erosion, while the tree itself produces oxygen and absorbs the carbon dioxide that adds to global warming.