At Royal Tree Services all tree pruning is done to Australian standards AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees.
Pruning a tree is removing specific branches or stems to benefit the whole tree. Remove dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insect & decay organisms from entering the tree. Thin a dense canopy on a tree to increase air and sunlight, resulting in fewer disease problems.
Remove suckers & water sprouts to eliminate weak wood and provide more food and water for the tree. Eliminate crossing branches to prevent damage caused by their rubbing against each other.
Weak or narrow crotches split apart as the tree grows older. Remove these crotches to eliminate breaking and tearing of wood.
Co-dominant leaders are 2 branches growing near the top of a tree that grow straight up and become equally dominant. Cutting one off allows the other branch to grow and become the dominant branch. This prevents the branches from splitting and tearing that is often a problem in heavy winds.
Correct tree pruning procedures create & maintain a strong tree structure, preventing safety hazards such as low growing branches and growth forms subject to storm damage near a sidewalk or driveway.
Often erratic or vigorous branches grow that change the growth habit of other branches, resulting in a misshaped tree. Early removal of these vigorous branches maintains a natural tree form.
If your still unsure if your tree needs to be pruned or removed we can provide helpful expert advice at no cost.
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