Structural Pruning Of Young Trees

December 15, 2017

formative pruningStructural pruning of young trees is the most proactive maintenance practice to successfully guide trees to maturity. This pruning is a 5-10 year process requiring evaluation and corrective pruning on an annual basis to determine the structural integrity of young trees for the the rest of their life. Structural pruning is more involved than most forms of pruning in that many of the cuts are performed to re-balance hormones in the tree to achieve a specific objective.

A Specialized Service That Includes:
  • Removing broken, damaged, and competing branches.
  • Removing weakly attached branches, which account for most wind and snow related tree failures.
  • Selecting the lowest permanent branches and raising the canopy, so branches are out of the way for mowing, sidewalks, and streets.
  • Developing branching structure and spacing to ensure strong branches.
Guiding Trees To Resilient From

A little guidance can go a long way. Most deciduous trees need our help to develop a strong form. Common tree species that require frequent inspection and more attention to structural pruning include maple, birch, linden/basswood, and crabapple. If you have newly planted or young trees of any species, we recommend having them inspected by one of our Certified Arborists to see if structural pruning would benefit the strength and longevity of your trees.


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