Philadelphia’s Main Line community has a true appreciation for horticulture and the majestic trees that dominate our landscape. An important component of a tree preservation program is periodic tree pruning.
The first step is to have a plan. A client meeting will produce our goals and objectives for pruning a large tree. Increasingly, the number one goal is safety. Other goals often include reducing trees from homes and pools, increasing sunlight penetration, maintaining general tree health, and prolonging a tree’s life.
Large tree pruning is performed by our most experienced arborists. In additional to having strong technical climbing skills, climbers must possess an understanding of tree biology. Every live limb is removed for a reason — each cut can potentially change the growth of the tree and do more harm than good.
In order to achieve our goals, we often focus our pruning to reduce the foliage mass and weight at the ends of the largest and longest limbs. We also look carefully for defects that are invisible from the ground. We consider the structure and integrity of limb attachment points. Especially with our most mature trees, we intentionally leave as much interior foliage as possible.
Climbers are constantly making adjustments to our pruning plan based on what they are seeing in the canopy. Their experience and expertise are key to ensuring a first-class job.