Tree Pruning

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Pruning for Clearance

Keeping a tree properly pruned (or trimmed) is a critical step in the health of a tree.  One typical need is to prune trees back for structural clearance.  Tree limbs and branches that are too close to a house (e.g. gutter, roof, etc.) need to be cut back for at least a few reasons: It looks bad!  Don't worry about a lopsided [...]

The Ugly World of Topping

This is just about the most ridiculous, hideous practice going.  PEOPLE OF ATLANTA, if you think your tree is too tall, THIS is not the answer!!  Not only does it look incredibly stupid (for a few years), it forever deforms the tree and creates a significant hazard as it grows larger (or creates a maintenance event every few years).  For [...]

Don’t Use Climbing Spikes When Pruning Trees

Is your tree care provider using spikes to climb while pruning your trees? Ouch! Climbing spikes are sharpened steel spikes attached to the climber’s leg by leather straps and padded supports. These spikes are traumatizing to your living tree and create unnecessary damage. Each puncture from a climbing spike produces a certain amount of tree tissue death around it to some [...]

Amateur Hour – Pruning Limbs

Out for a drive in Atlanta (Sandy Springs) and we just have to stop and take a picture of this travesty.  We don't know if this was the homeowner or one of the many chop shops (aka butcher shops, aka Bubba), but whoever did this just sentenced this white pine to death. Guessing from the diameter of these limbs, the [...]