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Large Tree Pruning

April 21, 2015 by Matthew Ward, ISA Certified Arborist

“Our expectations are really high.”

When we arrive at a client’s house to prune a large tree, our expectations are really high. We are prepared to perform a first-class job.

The process begins with a client meeting to identify our goals and objectives. Sometimes the client asks us to “prune the tree as if it was our own;” other clients will have goals such as wanting to grow a healthy lawn under a tree or wanting additional sunlight to reach a pool area.

We consider several factors in developing a pruning plan including the species, age and general health of the tree. Often, we identify exactly which limbs will be removed – balancing the goals of the client and the long-term health of the tree. By the end of our meeting, the pruning plan is created.

The next step is to implement the plan, which is executed by a team of experts. It takes years to obtain the climbing experience necessary to prune large trees. Climbers must have the skill to climb to all areas of a tree and the knowledge to decide what limbs should be removed or reduced while maintaining the natural look and long-term health of the tree. Often, limbs must be controlled with ropes and guided safely to the ground.

Large tree pruning is an important component to an overall tree preservation program. We look forward to meeting with you to develop our next pruning plan!

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2015 newsletter - John B Ward & Co. Timely Tree Tips

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