Pruning is the removal of a branch from a tree or shrub. All pruning at Hamms ArborCare is performed to achieve specified objectives and complies with ANSI A300 standards. No more than 1/4 of the crown mass of larger trees should be pruned in a season. Ideally a pruned tree should have branches distributed throughout the upper 2/3 of the crown. The ultimate objective in any pruning is proper health and structure of the tree. It is noted that all Oaks and American Elms should be pruned during dormancy to avoid the overland spread of Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm disease. Hamm’s ArborCare does perform removals and pruning all through the winter. Dead wood can be identified by the absence of live buds which are formed during the previous growing season. It may sound counterintuitive, but a good arborist can identify dead wood better in the winter when the leaves are not in the way.
Hazard Reduction Prune
The primary objective is to reduce the danger to a specific target caused by visibly defined hazards in a tree.
The primary objective is to maintain or improve the health and structure of the tree and includes Hazard Reduction Pruning.
The removal of selected branches in young trees to establish a central leader. This may require multiple seasons on larger young trees.
The removal of some interior branches and the reduction of some upper crown branches to improve airflow and increase filtered light.
The removal of branches from one or several trees to obtain a view.
Usually includes all of the above, and is performed on neglected, damaged or previously topped trees. The objective is to re-establish proper crown structure. This usually takes multiple seasons if there are significant corrections to make.
The removal of lower branches to allow for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, buildings and power lines. Standard clearances are 10 feet over sidewalks and roofs and 15 feet over streets.
The removal of dead and/or broken branches. Industry standards specify that deadwood 2” in diameter and larger be removed. We remove deadwood 1” in diameter and larger as well as smaller dead twigs within our path.
The removal of a terminal branch back to a lateral branch at least 1/3 its size.
Wisconsin's Champion Black Cherry
On March 29th, 2006 we pruned the largest recorded black cherry (Prunus serotina) in Wisconsin. We used this occassion to teach the public about pruning and climbing trees. We were on Channel 27′s “Wake Up Wisconsin” at 5:44 and 6:24 am. Below are pictures of the tree taken in February, after it was pruned in March and some from spring when it flowered.
For All of Your Tree Care Needs
Hamm’s ArborCare, Inc. specializes as a low impact tree service. Our arborists currently do all aerial work climbing while incorporating the latest technology. This means no heavy trucks on your lawn. The only evidence we leave behind is our quality work.