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Tree Trimming

Tree trimming, synonymous with tree pruning, involves intentional and selective cutting of branches to achieve specific results. Some objectives include pruning to eliminate structural defects, to eliminate decay, for more sunshine on the yard, to make it easier to walk under the tree, for a better view, to make the tree more resistant to weather events, for more fruit, etc. An arborist may diagnose certain tree health related issues that pruning can help address. Generally, trees are trimmed to make the trees safer to live around, or to correct a defect. Here is a list of some of the more common defects pruning can help correct:

  • Tree TrimmingCo-dominant stems
  • Branch crossovers
  • Broken, dead, diseased or deformed branches
  • Trees spaced too close together
  • Crown too dense
  • Tree mis-shaped
  • Storm damage
  • Tree leaning excessively over home
  • Branches blocking a view
  • Too much weight on the end of a branch
  • One branch too large in relation to the tree

Tree TrimmingPruning a tree's dead branches can help prevent branches from falling on your home, but it also reduces the risk of decay from the dead branch migrating into the live wood. The above issues help answer the question, ‘Why prune?’ But there two additional important complementary questions, ‘How and When?’

How to prune

Professional tree trimming companys all comply with the national tree pruning specification, the American National Standards Institute ANSI A300 for Pruning. If your Arborist complies with the ANSI A300, you can be assured that you and he will comply with all local tree ordinances. Pruning which is not done properly can damage your tree, even to the point of death. Generally smaller cuts made more frequently are better than larger cuts made infrequently. The standard covers where on the branch to make the cut, how much of the tree to cut and prohibits the use of climbing spikes by the tree trimmer.

When to prune

Some trees have unique criteria to be considered when pruning. For instance, it’s best to prune pines in Atlanta only during the winter, when pine beetles are dormaTree Trimmingnt. So it’s important to identify the species of tree prior to pruning. But we can offer some general seasonal tips about tree trimming.

  • Spring: Trim flowering trees soon after blossoms fall
  • Summer: Minimize pruning, but dead wood prune ok
  • Fall: Dead wood, smaller live cuts ok
  • Winter: Best time to trim most trees, especially if you need to make larger cuts

Safe Work Practices

The tree industry has developed and published safe work practice standards known as ANSI Z133.1-2006 (American National Standard for Arboricultural Operations - Safety Requirements). Tree crews conforming to this standard “stand out” from the many that don’t with their use of personal protective equipment and work practices. 404-CUT-TREE trains and requires all personnel to work in conformance with Z-133.

 

Why this is not a DIY job

Tree TrimmingA major DIY (do-it-yourself) home and garden TV channel offers this advice: “Chainsaws can be … extremely dangerous. If a large tree needs to be (trimmed), consult an arborist.”

A national arboretum website advises, “…with fallen and damaged trees…a professional should be hired. (They) are properly equipped. The pruning of large trees can be dangerous and should not be taken lightly.”

A consumer group reminds you that tree work near power lines requires specific training and minimum separation. Electrocution is a bona fide danger. TREE BRANCHES CAN CONDUCT ELECTRICITY. It’s a cause of injury and death among DIY tree removers.

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The equipment and manpower we assign

Tree TrimmingBig yellow trucks.

You can’t miss us! We operate one of the largest tree service fleets in Atlanta. They are a visible reminder of our large, efficient operation. People frequently say that we’re one of the most productive operations they’ve ever seen. We do focus on being safe and effective. The faster we work, the more affordable we are to you.

Landscaping tractors.

We bring small tractors to nearly every job. They’ve nearly eliminated back injuries, and they make quick work of tree removal. We also carry plywood with every tractor so that we protect your yard. It’s not good enough to remove the tree for a fair price, and leave your yard a mess.

Cranes.

Sometimes the safest and most effective way to remove a tree is from above. But it can be disconcerting to see a 2 ton log dangling from a cable above your roof! That’s Tree Trimmingwhy it’s important to select a tree service with the requisite experience to determine whether a crane is necessary, and if it is, to size it correctly (and conservatively.) The money saved by specifying a smaller than necessary crane will be forgotten after the crane ends up tipping over on your home! We maintain good working relationships with experienced crane operators of well-maintained, safe cranes.

The Old Fashioned Way.

Often the situation doesn’t permit the use of labor saving technology, and the tree must be brought down with ropes and tackle. When climbing and roping equipment is tested, that’s when your tree service’s professional work practices pay off. Clean, safe, well maintained equipment, operated safely minimize damage to your property.

Tree TrimmingStorm Work.

We don’t ‘chase’ storm work, but we do prioritize repeat customers who have tree issues caused by storms. Our crews are trained to work safely in a variety of emergency conditions.

Safe Work Practices.

The tree industry has developed and published safe work practice standards known as ANSI Z133.1-2006 (American National Standard for Arboricultural Operations - Safety Requirements). Tree crews conforming to this standard “stand out” from the many that don’t with their use of personal protective equipment and work practices. 404-CUT-TREE trains and requires all personnel to work in conformance with Z-133.