Tree services include pruning
of various types to suit the needs of our clients as well as
the needs of the tree. We also remove and plant trees, install
cables and braces and perform stump grinding.
Below are descriptions of of the different types of pruning and
other services. Use the links in the menu above to get to the different
sections, or simply scroll down this page.
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This is one of our specialties. We use it in various circumstances.
For example, it could be used in formally designed gardens such
as Japanese gardens. Sometimes it is a solution for problems such
as limited yard space. As an example: in order to keep a Monterey
pine which has the genetic potential to get 80 to 100 feet tall
and 30 to 40 feet wide from overwhelming a 25 foot lot, the tree
could be trained to maintain a smaller size. The limbs could also
be cloud pruned while vista pruning in order to give an interesting
view through the tree from a deck or window.
This is done to clear sidewalks, roads and/or buildings. This involves
removing the lower limbs to give the needed clearance.
This is pruning for the purpose of reducing the overall size of
the trees canopy. This can be done for various reasons
such as reducing the weight on limbs, reducing the windsail,
and making the tree safer and less prone to damage or failure.
Crown reduction can also be done to restore the view or to keep
the tree restricted within a limited yard space.
This restores the shape of a tree that has been improperly pruned
in the past as in cases of topping.
It is a process that takes two or more prunings, depending on the
severity of the past treatment.
This can be done to trees and shrubs in different ways, de-
pending on the circumstances. Trees can be controlled to a very
definite line, as in the pruning of hedges, or as in the umbrella
shapes seen on some street trees to reduce the size of the crown.
A more loose and natural shape may be desired where the crown is
reduced, but the shape is maintained as it would grow naturally.
Shaping also includes pollarding, topiary and espaliered trees
This is the removal of material throughout the inside of the tree.
Thinning reduces windsail and
weight, but could also be used for restoring the view so one could
look through the tree. We also call it daylighting because
it brings more light to the inside of the tree as well as the garden
This is one of the basic activities in our work to keep your trees
healthy and attractive.Sometimes limbs will die, become diseased
and damaged from nature or man, and sometimes grow in a deranged
manner which can cause problems with the tree in the future. If
grooming is started when the tree is young, there will be fewer
problems in the future.
Palm trees require a unique approach since their
anatomy differs from other trees. Based on this knowledge, the
process of pruning is not the same. Climbing techniques and equipment
used also differ from other treesas well.
This is sometimes necessary if the roots are interfering with infrastructures
such as sidewalks, pools or other structures. If either new building
or landscape is being added, existing tree roots may have to be
cut. Knowing how much can be cut without jeopardizing the survival
of the tree requires an experienced arborist. Making the cuts on
the roots in a proper fashion is as important as making proper
pruning cuts on the upper limbs of a tree. Sometimes trimming the
crown of a tree in conjunction with root pruning is necessary
to counteract the effects of root loss.
and Structural Pruning
This is a very important consideration in arboriculture. It is
one of the first things we assess when we look
at a job site. Besides the danger of limbs or trees falling on
people and/or structures, the damage to the tree itself can be
a major problem. Losing a tree can be a great loss to the value
of the property, not to mention the attachment people may have
to it. Besides spoiling the aesthetics of the tree and garden,
limbs breaking off a tree can create injuries that jeopardize the
health as well as the structural integrity of the tree.
This type of pruning restores views. The San Francisco Bay area
has some of the most beautiful vistas in the world. Part of the
view is the tree itself. We feel that it is vital to preserve
the beauty and health of the tree during the process of restoring
ones view beyond the canopy of the tree.
and Bracing is done only after corrective
pruning to reduce weight on weak systems in the tree. As an adjunct,
it can help to reduce the risk of tree or branch failure. Correct
installation is crucial in order to have the least possible damage
to the tree from the installation itself. One needs
to realize that any kind of cutting or drilling on a tree creates
a wound inducing a protective reaction. The fewer and smaller the
wounds, the less damage to the tree.
right tree and installing it correctly requires
proper knowledge. Planting starts with selecting the best species
adapted for the particular location and climate, as well as making
sure that the nursery specimen is healthy without defects. With
correct planting procedures, you will have a beautiful tree in
the future with few, if any, problems. Remember, it is no more
work to plant the appropriate specimen than it is to plant an
Trees. Although we may not like it, removing trees is
sometimes necessary under certain circumstances. When cutting
a tree down, it is critical to exercise care to protect people,
structures, and other plants on your property.
Grinding. Stumps left from removed
trees and shrubs may be unsightly or may be in the way of new
planting or construction. We can provide this service while
we are there to remove a tree or we can be called upon to
take care of old stumps from the past.
See Glossary for more definitions.
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of these services.
See also Preservation Strategies.