How a tree is pruned will greatly affect the growth form, vigor, and stability of the tree. Two common types of pruning are thinning out and topping. As explained below, the effects of the two kinds of pruning are very different.

Thinning out is also known as selective cutting or drop-crotching. It involves complete removal of a branch back to the main stem, or to another lateral branch, or to the point of origin. With thinning out, the overall general shape of the tree is kept. Pruning wounds are closer to the stem and heal more rapidly. In addition, stimulation of new growth is distributed over many growing points.

Recomendation! It's our suggestion to our coustumers that during the Summer time, topping trees is not recomended. Always perfirable during the winter.


The difference in the tree can be seen in the before and after photos below.  Thinning or pruning is an alternative to topping trees and results in trees that are healthier and much more attractive than trees that have been topped. 

When trees need pruning, homeowners should ask for trees to be pruned or thinned instead of topped.  In three to six years, a tree that has been topped will have vigorous sprouts and will become far bushier than its pruned counterpart, thus offering a more attractive site for birds to roost. 

The pruned tree is safer, more beautiful, and less attractive to birds.


Fertilization is needed by many trees to replace the nutrients they are missing.
Shade trees will respond to fertilization. Most shade trees exist in nature without much care, but transplanting trees into urban areas or man-made conditions can create problems. Often these trees will be growing in restricted root zone areas, be surrounded by pavement or compacted soil or even be physically damaged by construction activities. One should realize that the root system is just as important (and delicate) as the above ground parts. 
Here’s how to detect if your tree needs fertilizing. 
Symptoms of a nutrient deficient tree include:

  • A slow rate and low amount of annual growth on twigs and trunk, 
  • Smaller than normal foliage, 
  • Off-color foliage,  Fertilizing trees and shrubs provides them with the building blocks needed to build food reserves for growth.
    Periodic fertilization by our tree health professionals replenishes essential nutrients in a form that trees can utilize. We can also provide biostimulants and beneficial microorganisms that build and improve the soil, creating a healthier condition for roots to grow
  • Increased amounts of dead branches,
  • Tip-die back in branches,
  • and increased rates of disease and insect problems. 

Trees that possess these symptoms generally would respond to a fertilization treatment. One should make sure that nutrients (or lack of) are the problem before fertilizing. Other common tree disorders to be aware of in urban areas would include poor planting techniques, moisture problems, construction damage, girdling roots, or utility leaks from a natural gas line or sewer


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