Technical Pruning



Our Technical Pruning services focus on ornamental trees and shrubs that are too special for quick hedge trimming and too small for a tree climbing arborists. We offer this service for the prized and eye-catching focal points in our landscapes that are no taller than 20’ tall. You can have confidence in our highly trained Technicians to professionally prune and shape your special ornamental trees and shrubs.

How does the process work?

Before commencing work, a Technician will meet with you on the day of service to understand your aesthetic preferences and discuss a plan of action. Pruning typically happens in the winter, while trees or dormant and not actively growing above ground. We perform summer pruning in some cases to help shape trees. For the health of the plant, we never remove more than 30% in a given year. Therefore, some trees may need to be scheduled for follow up prunings in sequential years. Routine maintenance of your trees and shrubs will not only keep them attractive, but healthy as well. Our goal is to get your trees to the point where they only need structural pruning once every 3 years.

We follow the procedures of “The ABCs Field Guide to Young and Small Tree Pruning” by Andrew Pleninger and Chris Luley, Ph.D. We also adhere to the guidelines established by Plant Amnesty. You can learn more about pruning by reading our Pruning Blog post.

If you’re looking for DIY resources, please review these guidelines from the Tacoma Tree Foundation.

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