Healthy Pruning

Some of the most common tree-pruning techniques used today are crown-reduction pruning; crown raising; and crown thinning on larger, more mature trees in order for them to continue to grow symmetrically.

Another technique is called deadwooding, which is the removal of dying, broken or dead branches. Deadwooding is one of the most common services we perform. If branches and limbs are not trimmed and cut correctly, trees could form rot holes where a branch may have been removed incorrectly. Decay can travel down throughout the trunk of the tree which can compromise structural integrity, making the tree unsafe and necessitating its removal.

Do you have a large tree with a huge limb that overhangs your home? If so, you may need tree pruning that involves “end-weight reduction.” End-weight reduction occurs when we cut branches that are too large or too dangerous, and then even out the remaining tree limbs to balance the tree’s weight and limb distribution.

So how does R&K Tree Service approach pruning? We make strategic cuts in the tree (preferable while it is still young to guide its growth patterns). Light pruning can be done as often as a couple of times per year so that your tree maintains good health and develops through to maturity. Sometimes heavier limbs can tear the bark below the limb away from the tree when the limb is cut, creating a wound that can easily be penetrated by fungus and pests. To minimize this risk, R & K Tree Service makes undercuts on the limb first, so that as little of the bark as possible is torn away from the tree trunk.