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New Tree Removal and Pruning Service Videos

Carpenter Costin will be ramping up our video section. In addition to general service videos, we'll be adding how-to's, before and after footage, and instructional videos. For now. Have a peek at two of our new videos and let us know what you think.

Shrub Maintenance: Pruning vs Shearing

natural shrub pruningThe shrub maintenance debate: Take the quick and easy way out with shrub shearing, or put in the time to acheive optimal results with natural hand pruning.

Maintaining shrubs and ornamental trees can be a daunting task, especially when they form a large hedge or privacy barrier in your yard. Shearing large hedges is often the easiest form of shrub maintenance. Large barrier hedges would require countless man hours in order to hand prune; therefore, our Certified Arborists recommened shearing methods on large hedges. However, for smaller shrub hedges and individual shrubs and ornamental trees, natural pruning is the way to go.

Natural pruning removes dead wood, improving air flow and sunlight exposure, and improves tree health. Shearing can have an adverse affect, as it damages foliage and creates areas that are susceptible to disease infestation, and also does not increase air and light flow.

The pros at Carpenter Costin recommend natural pruning when possible, and our professional tree and shrub pruners are the best in the business. Talking with an Arborist can help you figure out the most appropriate way to care for your shrubs and ornamental trees.

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Summer Pruning Keeps Flowers Blooming

Don’t Wait to Prune Flowering Shrubs and Ornamental Trees

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Flowering trees and shrubs greet us in the spring with a glorious show of colorful blossoms. Knowledge of each plant’s growth habits is essential to maintain a good display of blossoms each spring.

Ornamental trees and shrubs such as Dogwoods, Crabapples, Magnolias,  Rhododendrons, etc., develop buds over the summer months for flowers next spring. These plants should be pruned after spring flowering so that they have enough time to set new buds prior to the end of the growing season. If you wait until late fall to prune, the buds will have developed by then and you will be removing them causing to not have a bloom next spring.

Don’t be disappointed next spring, prune flowering trees and shrubs now

Don’t hesitate. Give us a call to arrange a review with one of our arborists and keep your trees blooming beautifully. 877.308.8733

Spring Up For Some Shrub and Tree Pruning

Invest in tree pruning now and you’ll be rewarded all year.

I love when buds start to develop on our trees and shrubs, especially after such a harsh winter.  However, with the arrival of the year’s first buds also comes the realization that the winter did some damage to your trees and shrubs - some of which will require tree pruning to ensure safety and tree health.

Tree pruning, or crown cleaning, in the spring is preferred because it gives arborists a clear view of the tree structure, without foliage to hinder sight. A Certified Arborist can closely inspect a tree and carefully prune and trim branches to ensure your trees and shrubs are as healthy and beautiful as possible for the upcoming growing season.

Heavy snow accumulation and strong winds will have caused their damage to your trees and shrubs this winter. Spring presents a refreshing atmosphere, but does not guarantee that your trees and shrubs are safe and appealing. Get out there and take a look to see how your trees survived the winter.

View our tree pruning and shrub pruning services to learn more, or arrange for a consultation with a Certified Arborist who can assist you with your shrub and tree pruning needs.

Tree and Shrub Pruning Guide

Protect Your Trees By Pruning Regularly

As the tree leaves drop and the gardening season winds down, smart folks know it’s time to perform pruning on their trees.

track-liftPruning improves the health and beauty of your plants by removing undesirable branches. Branches that should be pruned are:

  • Overhanging walkways, parking areas or buildings
  • Blocking lighting and utility lines
  • Leaning against buildings/your home
  • Interfering with other trees or branches
  • Heavily damaged by insects and or disease

Pruning these problem branches will make your tree less prone to storm damage, pests and diseases, and more structurally sound and safer.

Pruning may also include the shaping of your trees. This pruning procedure is used to shape and maintain the crown size and even reduce the size of your tree to keep it at a size that works best in your landscape. A healthy tree can be reduced in size by up to 1/3 without endangering its health. Pruning trees and shrubs is important and has many benefits for your property.

Class Pruning Definitions

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Class #1: Fine Pruning - Ornamental Trees

Removal of dead/dying branches and major crossing branches over 1/2" diameter. Includes crown thinning of undesirable growth to improve air flow and light penetration and shaping to enhance the intended form.

Class #2: Standard Pruning - Shade Trees

Removal of dead/dying branches and major crossing branches over 2" diameter. Includes crown thinning of undesirable growth to improve air flow and light penetration and removal of structurally defective limbs.

Class #3: Safety/Hazard Pruning - Shade Trees

Removal of dead/dying branches as well as removal of limbs over 3" diameter that are structurally defective and potentially dangerous.

Class #4: Crown Reduction - Shade Trees

Size reduction (drop crotch pruning) of the entire canopy to help reduce the risk of storm damage to long extending limbs and better restore the overall height/width of the tree. Also includes, removal of dead/dying branches as well as removal of limbs over 3" diameter that are structurally defective and potentially dangerous.

Have a Professional Handle Your Tree Pruning

All pruning should be done by someone with the training and skills of a certified arborist. A trained arborist has the knowledge of tree physiology, proper pruning procedures and can take care of your trees without endangering their health. Improper pruning can weaken your tree and make it more susceptible to insect infestation, disease and structural failure.

After careful examination and evaluation, a certified arborist will advise you what would best serve your trees’ needs. In addition to pruning, they may suggest that support cables be added to improve weak branch unions. Tree cabling is commonly needed in large, older trees.

Don’t wait until winter winds have damaged your trees. Call now to arrange a complimentary evaluation and assessment at (877) 308-8733 or click the button below.

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