Alex enjoys pruning a silver maple (acer saccharinum).

Pruning can be an important part of maintaining a tree’s health, ensuring the safety of it’s surroundings, and providing more sunlight.

  • Deadwooding is the removal of dead branches on a tree, which speeds up the sealing process that trees use to protect themselves from insects, disease, and rot. It will also reduce the risk of falling branches
  • Thinning is the reduction of: weakly attached branches in the inner canopy known as water sprouts, removal of crossing branches that could develop weak intersections and develop rot. This can also include the removal of branches that have included bark, which are poorly attached branches that could break under snow load or high winds.
  • Subordination pruning, performed on younger trees, is done to develop a strong leader which will give the proper structure and help lead to a long and healthy life. Subordination is done to larger branches with included bark to reduce the risk of failure.
  • Reduction pruning is reducing the size of the canopy for reasons such as roof/building clearance and increase sunlight to gardens, solar panes, etc…