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Tree Pruning


Ponderosa Tree Service is capable of providing tree pruning services with a wide range of benefits for our clients and their trees. Overall safety and tree health are certainly the most common reasons to prune a tree but many other benefits can be derived with thoughtful, careful techniques which may improve quality of life for the residents and community at large.

Often our tree pruning creates vastly improved views both for you and your neighbors by looking over the treetops or through the tree canopies. Great care must be taken to ensure that the trees are left with the necessary foliage to promote ongoing vigor along with protection from the elements.

In addition, we can provide the necessary fire safety clearance pruning to meet community standards as we all strive to protect each other. Tree pruning is also necessary when trees begin to encroach upon each other as well as other landscape plants below. Extra care is given when interacting with neighboring structures, fences or a variety of other hardscape features including fountains, retaining walls, swimming pools, irrigation systems, gazebos, arbors and patios.

Our teams come prepared to protect your valuable surroundings upon the guidance of the arborists as well as the logistical team operating in our administration office. Our goal is to foresee the challenges of the day in advance and have a plan to overcome them with a well-trained and cooperative team.

Tree pruning is performed for three primary reasons: Heath, safety, and aesthetics. Our arborists listen closely to your concerns and formulate plans specifically tailored to your tree’s health care needs.

Health: Assess potential problems and suggest comprehensive plans for tree health improvement. Often this will involve assessing and possible excavation of root crown (a common source of problems where dirt builds up and causes decay) trimming out dead limbs, thinning to prevent limb loss, and in some cases more substantial “integrated pest management”

Safety: Evaluate potential problems such as limb weight and tree imbalance. Formulate a plan to address safety while preserving tree health. In most cases, branch end weight reduction is the best course, but thinning, cabling, guying, supporting, and bolting are all possible courses of action.

Aesthetics: Often this falls under the category of “elective surgery” and does not by definition improve tree health. Our goal is to address your aesthetic needs while preserving the vibrancy of your tree. Size management, sunlight for your garden (or solar panels) shaping to preserve screen, thinning, deadwood, and sucker growth removal are just some of the reasons for aesthetic pruning.

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Tree Pruning Service FAQs

Is it okay to prune the roots on this tree?

Root pruning is often injurious and should be minimized. Better solutions may be available that may result in a healthier outcome.

What time of year is good for pruning?

It varies by type of tree and circumstances. Seasonal pruning is species-specific and can be critical for fruit production and pest or disease avoidance, but safety is always the first priority.

Can we prune for improved view preservation or restoration?

Beautiful views need regular care to maintain. Our goal is to maintain a surface of foliage in an effort to maintain a vigorous canopy which serves to protect and generate food for the tree. Overzealous pruning is often problematic and can result in a poor outcome. Thoughtful planning and proper execution of strategic pruning can both protect your view and the health of your trees.

Can we prune our neighbor’s tree(s)?

That depends. Each community regulates tree care through local ordinances. We maintain ongoing contact with local cities and counties to continually update any changes.

Can you prune near our skylights?

With proper care and protection tree work can be performed over skylights of all shapes and sizes.

Can you prune near our solar panels?

Solar panels continue to evolve and will often require specialized techniques to avoid any damage. Please confirm all system locations for your arborist prior to the quoting of pruning or removals.

How often should we be doing pruning like this?

Trees respond to the environment in which they are growing. Factors such as annual rainfall, irrigation, soil quality, and the amount of available sun, plus pollutants and other urban factors will always impact a tree’s growth and vigor. Since these variables are unpredictable, as are insects, fungus, and diseases, we recommend consulting with an arborist annually for the best advice.