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Best Practices in Tree Trimming

Best practices in tree trimming starts with hiring candidates who are ISA certified arborists and therefore understand the pruning terminology and techniques to properly prune trees with safety as the number one priority.

There are certain techniques such as crown raising, crown reduction, crown restoration, crown thinning and crown cleaning, that Embark services utilizing to maintain the long-term health of trees on all of our projects. Our certified arborists are trained in each of these techniques and work to educate our customers on how best to prune their trees.

Crown Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, broken, diseased, low vigor, and competing branches. Most pruning of mature trees falls into this category. This type of trimming increases sunlight reduces the of weight at end of the limbs and reduces crowding of limbs to improve spacing and structure of the tree.

Crown Raising is the process of removing low branches to obtain a specified height in order to provide clearance for walking paths, parking areas, visibility or security.Crown Reduction is done to reduce the height or the spread of a tree by pruning back some of the bigger branches to proper laterals. Our arborists would never stub off limbs. We always trim trees back to a proper lateral to avoid this look.

Crown Restoration improves the structure, form, balance and appearance of a tree that’s been severely damaged as a result of improper pruning, vandalization or storm damage. In tree crown restoration, the damaged tree is pruned of loose and partially broken branches. This restores the crown to a more robust and solid structure. Proper pruning helps the tree recover and fosters new growth.

Crown Thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller branches, usually at the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. To avoid unnecessary stress and prevent excessive production of sprouts, no more than one-quarter of the tree crown should be removed at a time. If it is necessary to remove more, it should be done over successive years.

Embark Services has four ISA certified arborists on staff that understand how to properly bid tree trimming with the health and life span of the trees in mind. Our team works to explain the whole process to our customers so that they understand the proper ways that trees should be pruned. As ISA certified arborists, we participate in continuing education requirements annually to keep us up to date on the best practices in tree trimming. We complete 30 continuing education credits in a three-year period. This keeps us current on standards and best management practices for tree care and pruning. Our four arborists have 50 years of experience collectively.