Small tree pruning

Trees are like children; they require about 25 years of training to create good, solid structure that will last them a lifetime.

Edward Gilman

When it comes to pruning, the sooner you start the better.

Young trees are a growing investment in their owner’s well-being and in future property values.

All too often we are called in to try to tame a decades-old tree that has gotten out of hand. Branches grow too close to the ground and into wires, driveways and windows, cracks form in the trunks, and large, poorly attached limbs blow down in storms.

A large branch of a tree crashed on a house roof. Rory is on the branch, secured, smiling at the camera.
This tree crashed into a roof after a hurricane in 2019.

Sometimes structural problems or other defects have progressed so far that the tree must be removed just as it is entering its prime. This is an expensive approach, measured in extra labour to try to save and improve these trees, or in the cost of removal plus the loss of a valuable element of your landscape.

A tree is split in two places.
This Norway Maple has poorly attached limbs. With pruning, it’s possible we can prevent this happening in your yard.

It is cheaper and more prudent to schedule preventative pruning on young trees — a short visit every 3 to 5 years. Our staff, trained under master arborist Ed Gilman, can — in 15 minutes or less — prune small trees to avoid the many problems that commonly develop. An hour is often enough to correct a moderately-sized tree that has been neglected for a few years.

With our knowledge of tree structure and growth patterns, we can grow a tree so that it will, in time, become a beautiful and well-functioning asset to your property.