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One basic housekeeping chore that might help a struggling tree would be pruning. Pruning is an oft-needed maintenance treatment for good tree health and safety but pruning without a good reason is not good tree care practice. Pruning just because your neighbor is doing it may not be beneficial for the tree and could result in too much live tree tissue being removed. This can cause the tree to become stressed, and perhaps decline. In the fall, limit the amount of live tissue being removed and focus mainly on removing dead or broken branches.

In fact, industry tree pruning standards (ANSI A300) say no more than 25 percent of a tree’s foliage should be removed in a single growing season. If the tree is of a species that cannot tolerate a lot of pruning, even less should be removed.

When determining how much pruning your tree can tolerate, Ickes Tree Service, Inc. will consider if the tree:

Ickes Tree Service, Inc. will work with you to set an objective for the pruning job. Pruning objectives usually include one or more of the following:

Once tree pruning objectives are established, we can provide specific details on how your trees could be pruned to get the desired result.

The pruning process can be overwhelming to those not familiar with the pruning of shade and ornamental trees. Our qualified tree care expert trained in tree and woody plant health care can answer your questions, as well as help you with your tree-pruning goals. Make sure to ask for tree pruning to be done according to ANSI A300 standards, the generally accepted industry standards for tree care practices.

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