all phone pics 178all phone pics 180Xanderbuilt offers a wide variety of tree trimming services. Our Arborists will recommend the best trimming method for your trees keeping the health of the tree in mind as well as you, the owner. Proper pruning practices are very important to us as more harm than good can be done if the proper cuts are not made or the timing of the trimming is not done correctly. Trees are living creatures and need maintenance just like we do.

Here are brief descriptions of our pruning methods:

Crown raising: Raising the lowest branching on the tree to the desired height of the client. Keeping screening and other pedestrians/cars in mind. Normal heights are 8’-10’.

Layering Back: Many times as trees continue to grow they can encroach on our homes. Trees are ramps for critters to gain access to a home. They can do substantial damage to a home so it is a good idea to make it as hard as possible for them. Layering back the tree allows us to create a preferable distance away from any homes, building, trees, or any other obstacle we need to keep trees from getting to close to. And of course by always using proper pruning cuts.

Crown Thinning: It is very important for a tree to have air and light be able to move through the tree. By removing a portion of the interior branching that does not reach the outer canopy, the tree will have areas for air and light to penetrate into the tree. Allowing air to move through the tree without creating too much wind sail is a major advantage in high wind situations. It also helps to keep the trees dry as to not allow certain fungus’s to germinate.

Deadwooding: This practice is the removal of dead, dying, or diseased limbs throughout the tree. Removing deadwood 2” in diameter or larger will rid the possibility of dead limbs falling out of the tree and damaging property or harming people in close proximately to the tree. Harmful insects are attracted to rotting wood so it is always a good practice to keep our trees clean. Not to mention trees are much more attractive when free of deadwood.

Lateral Reduction: Laterally reducing a tree is performed for larger species trees when topping/reduction cuts are not recommended. Pruning a branch back to a lower limb on that same branch will reduce the overall size of the tree. The limb just under the cut is now the new top of the tree. This is a very selective process and takes lots of training to do this properly while not degrading the shape of the tree.

Reduction Shape: Reductions are reserved for ornamental pruning. Usually done in dormant season, reducing the size of our smaller trees keeps them at a manageable size. Ornamental trees can be in very close proximity to our homes so it is in our best interest to keep them contained. Most ornamental trees bloom so timing of this trimming is imperative.
Crown clean: Crown cleaning is the combination of thinning and deadwooding combined. It is our most recommended pruning practice because it allows us to leave the trees looking there best as well as keeping their health up to our standards. We can make a world of difference in a trees appearance by performing a crown cleaning.