Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal

Tree Trimming

Pruning Services by Certified Arborists

Reasons Why You'd Want to Keep Your Trees Trimmed

Beauty - Trimming your trees can enhance the aesthetic of your landscape. Whether you’re working with just a front yard or multiple acres of land, good-looking trees can improve your property value.
Health - Structural pruning can correct the growth of a tree to prevent future structural problems. Removing dead limbs can also improve the health of a tree.
Safety - Properly maintained trees are significantly less likely to drop branches during storms, and you can avoid potential damage to structures or lines by trimming trees to provide proper clearances.

Tree Trimming/Pruning Techniques

Our certified arborists and crews use a variety of trimming/pruning techniques to maintain the health, safety and aesthetics of your trees:
Crown Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree.
Crown Raising removes the lower branches from a tree to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vista
Crown Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for utility line clearance. Reducing a tree’s height or spread is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to secondary branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the tree’s form and structural integrity.
Crown Thinning reduces the density of foliage at the crown periphery and is sometimes performed to increase wind or light penetration for aesthetic reasons and to promote interior foliage development.

What To Do When Tree Branches are Sick, Dead or Dying

There are several signs to look for if you think your tree or its branches are sick, dead or dying. The first place to look is the bark of the tree. If there are cracks or holes in it, this is a bad sign. It’s also a bad sign if you can see smooth areas of wood on the bark or branches. While old tree bark is meant to fall off, it is also meant to naturally replace itself — so if it’s not, your tree is at risk of dying.

One easy way to spot dead branches is to look at their leaves. If a branch is leafless while the others are covered in healthy leaves, it’s time to schedule a thorough inspection of your tree’s health.
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Professional Tree Care

Even if you have the tools, you may not have the time to properly take care of your trees. Our team of certified arborists provide professional, safe and prompt service. We're happy to provide you with a free estimate to see if our services are a good fit for your property.
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