Trees add value and beauty to a property and provide privacy and shielding from noise and dust. Many trees can offer these benefits without the owner being too aware of their existence, but if something goes wrong and a branch fails, or worse, then the tree gets noticed very quickly! A little attention early on can save expense and inconvenience later. We can prune established trees in a way that maintains or even enhances the trees attractiveness and allows more light to fall on the property while also reducing the movement of the tree in strong winds.
The terms for these pruning techniques are:
Crown reduction: Where the trees overall height and width are reduced, often discussed as a percentage. *This is not 'topping' which is detrimental to the tree and only incurs more expense in the future.
Crown thinning: The removal of select branches throughout the crown to allow more light and air through the tree.
Crown raising: Removing the lowest limbs on a tree to allow for parking, headroom, views etc.
Crown cleaning: A build-up of deadwood in a tree can be both unsightly and hazardous. Along with this crossing, cracked or otherwise weakened branches should be removed to keep the tree in good condition.