Pruning & Trimming


To keep your landscape and trees healthy and beautiful, pruning and trimming are necessary techniques for managing your trees. Utilizing proactive tree maintenance will help prevent disease and insect infestation that is likely to spread to other trees on your property. Proper tree maintenance is not just for the health of the tree but also prevents limbs from dropping and causing damage to your property.

We offer trimming and pruning for the purposes of thinning, deadwood removal, safety, and maintenance.

The Science Behind Tree Pruning and Trimming

Pruning is a very technical endeavor that must be performed by experienced and highly trained personnel familiar with your species of tree. Pruning by amateurs can result in disease and insect infestation, damaged limbs, the tree being permanently unbalanced, and irrevocable damage. All of these symptoms can lead to stress on the tree and invite disease and insect infestation.

The proper pruning of a tree is indeed tree surgery and requires a certain level of expertise, knowledge and applied skills.

climber trimming limbs on trees in Towson, MD

advantages of tree maintenance

  • Thinning

    Included in the pruning process is "thinning." Thinning is the selective removal of watershoots also known as suckers, which if left can suck up vital nutrients meant for structural limbs. Suckers shoot up along the trunk area and along the base parts of limbs. Thinning will help reduce the wind load, which will reduce the possibility of storm damage.

  • Deadwood

    Deadwood is also removed during the pruning process to reduce the hazard of falling limbs, and the chance of rot and decay -- enemies of trees, but very attractive to wood-boring insects. If trees are not maintained properly, a hazardous condition could develop and go unnoticed. Trees should be periodically pruned and inspected by a qualified arborist who can advise you of any conditions he observes.

  • Safety

    If limbs grow too close to or over your house, or you need more ground clearance, we can elevate the tree -- that is remove lower limbs, or parts of limbs, to provide clearance over and around structures, antennas plants, etc.

  • Maintenance

    Maintenance pruning also includes the removal of interfering, crisscrossing, or rubbing limbs to open up or thin the tree to allow necessary light to enter into the interior of the tree. Another strong advantage of proper pruning is that strong, damaging gusts of wind will pass through the tree instead of getting caught up in the tree and breaking up limbs. The National Arborists Association currently identifies several classes of pruning. The most common is a Class 2 medium pruning.

  • Topping

    Topping of trees is not recommended because the process is harmful to the tree and in many cases can lead directly to disease, insect infestation, and the death of the tree.


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