Tree and shrub restoration pruning is the process of improving the structure of a tree or shrub that was previously damaged, topped, vandalized, over pruned or mis pruned. Restoration is not a solution to make a neglected tree perfect, this is an impossible task. Restoration pruning introduces growth of new, healthy shoots to try and renew the plant.
Restoration Pruning Goals
- Improve appearance
- Reduce shade & wind resistance
- Maintain and /or improve plant health
- Influence fruit and/or flower production
- Correct damage and/or defects
Do you currently have a tree or shrub that could benefit from restoration pruning? if so call today (586) 268-7699 and find out what our certified Arborist can do to help you increase the longevity of your plants. Our tree service team is fully insured and uses modern well kept equipment to ensure our services are performed with integrity and professionalism.
With the American National Standard for pruning, ANSI A300, specifications can be written in a virtual infinite number of combinations. The following information is designed to help you understand exactly what will be accomplished in a pruning operation.
A minimum or maximum diameter size of branches to be removed should be specified in a ll pruning operations. This establishes how much pruning is to be done.
Pruning objectives should be established prior to beginning any pruning operation. A300 provides two basic objectives.
Hazard Reduction Pruning
Hazards reduction pruning (HRP) is recommended when the primary objective is to reduce the danger to a specific target caused by visibly defined hazards in a tree. For example, HRP may be the primary objective if a tree had many dead limbs over a park bench.
Hazard reduction pruning and maintenance pruning should consist of one or more of the pruning types noted below.
- Crown Cleaning…Crown cleaning shall consist of the selective removal of one or more of the following items: dead, dying, or diseased branches, weak branches and waterspouts.
- Crown Thinning…Crown thinning shall consist of the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, air movement, and reduce weight.
- Crown Raising…Crown raising shall consist of the removal of the lower branches of a tree to provide clearance.
- Crown Reduction or Crown Shaping... Crown reduction decreases the height and/or spread of the tree. Consideration should be given to the ability of a species to sustain this type of pruning.
- Vista Pruning…Vista pruning is selective thinning of framework limbs or specific areas of the crown to allow a view of an object from a predetermined point.
- Crown Restoration…Crown Restoration pruning should improve the structure, form and appearance of trees which have been severely headed, vandalized, or storm damaged.