Tree Trimming & Pruning
Alpine is ISA Certified, and follows ANSI standards in proper pruning techniques, tree trimming, crowning, and shaping.
Why Hire Alpine Tree Services, Inc. for Tree Trimming & Pruning?
There are ANSI standards for tree pruning & tree trimming that any tree care professional must follow. Alpine Tree Services can provide recommendations based on the specific tree needs for our customers. Every tree is different and the goals for each customer and their trees will vary. Our arborists are experts and only recommend the best pruning methods for our customers trees. There are many different types of tree pruning. Trees for the most part can take care of themselves, however, when people and trees come together (urban forestry) is when tree pruning and maintenance is necessary. Luckily, Alpine is ISA Certified in the following Tree Pruning Methods:
Crown Cleaning a tree involves pruning the deadwood, diseased, and dying limbs out of the canopy of a tree. This type of pruning is extremely beneficial for the health and promotes longevity for a tree.
Crown Thinning a tree involves lightly pruning the interior limbs of a tree’s canopy. Generally, this is done to achieve more sunlight on a customer’s lawn, or to prevent storm damage. Lightly thinning the interior allows for better wind flow through the canopy, thus reducing chances of limb failure during a storm. Usually it is recommended to only prune approximately 10-15% of the live growth in the interior, and to avoid lion tailing.
Crown Raising involves elevating or removing the lower limbs of a tree’s canopy. This type of pruning is usually done to achieve visibility, or to allow equipment to be able to pass underneath without a tree limb in the way, or anything else such as cars and people to be able to pass underneath the tree’s canopy.
Crown Reducing a tree involves lightly pruning the interior limbs of a tree’s canopy. Generally, this is done to achieve more sunlight on a customer’s lawn, or to prevent storm damage. Lightly thinning the interior allows for better wind flow to better flow through the canopy, thus reducing chances of limb failure in a storm. Usually it is recommended to only prune approximately 10-15% of the live growth in the interior, and to avoid lion tailing.
Clearance pruning a tree involves removing a tree’s limbs away from a structure by a certain # of feet. Proper cuts should be made according to ANSI standards: Always cut back to the nearest lateral growth using the 1/3 rule, and never cut in the middle or inter-node of a branch. Clearance pruning is usually done to clear houses, roofs, sheds, cars, and such of encroaching limbs.
Shaping: Larger trees can be shaped but only by a selective prune with proper cuts – not topping. Small shrubs and bushes like Holly trees, bush hedges, and other shrubs and bushes can be shaped how you like them. Some green should always be left or the plant has been shaped to hard and faces the chance of declining. Hand shears are usually used when shaping is completed.
What Makes Alpine Tree Services the Best Choice?
Proper Tools & Equipment
Alpine utilizes large capacity equipment, including chippers, rubber-tracked mini-excavators with hydraulic thumbs, a 50-horsepower stump grinder, late model 4×4 chip trucks, and 60- and 75-foot reach bucket trucks.
Licensed & Fully Insured
Full Comprehensive & Liability insurance is a must. Make absolutely sure that the tree company you are using has full coverage. Insist the tree care professional provides you a certificate of insurance. It will also state workers compensation and liability as both are required to be fully insured. If a tree company knocks on your door or cold calls, there is a good chance they do not hold insurance. Most of the professional and trustworthy companies do not need cold call for work.
Experienced personnel is one of the most critical elements to the success of Alpine Tree Services. We found early that we must attract and retain the highest quality employees. Alpine is the only residential / commercial tree service company in southern West Virginia with an ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Certified Utility Specialist on staff.
Safety is the absolute most important aspect of tree work. Alpine Tree Services is committed to performing our services in the safest possible way. All employees are required to pass pre-employment drug screen, as well as random drug / alcohol screens throughout the year.