When and Why Should My Tree Be Pruned or Trimmed?

The best time to remove dead or diseased wood from a tree is right away. For other types of pruning, it depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Pruning often stimulates new growth, unless the tree is dormant. Call us for a consultation, and we will make appropriate suggestions, based on the tree species and the season.

What should I do about my neighbor's tree?

The law concerning trees that are on or near property lines is extremely complex. We prefer to have the owner's permission before removing branches from a tree, even when those branches overhang another property.

Should I paint over where a branch has been removed?

The tree care industry no longer recommends painting of wounds in trees. Paint does not improve the health of the tree and may, in fact, provide an environment in which fungal spores or bacteria thrive. A healthy tree that has been properly pruned will grow a callus over the wound, compartmentalizing the area. Plants heal differently than animals do.

Why is my dwarf tree getting so big?

There are very few true dwarf trees in nature, and even science has been unable to create a tree that will grow just so big and then stop. It is normal and healthy for a tree to keep growing, but we can help you control your tree's ultimate shape so it suits your needs.

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