Tree Trimming

Tree Trimming in Atlanta, GA

In order to thrive, your trees need occasional pruning or trimming. A well-maintained tree is safer to live near and healthy trees are a part of keeping a healthy yard, both for your plants and for your household. Careful trimming can reduce the likelihood and severity of storm and wind damage, a common problem in our climate, especially during the spring and summer. Clearing out dead branches also helps to slow and halt the spread of decay, reducing the risk of more severe rot or infections. If you are concerned about a fault or potential problem area in your trees, or if you are just ready for a healthier and sunnier yard, then it is time to assess your trees for possible trimming. Call us now at 404-CUT-TREE for tree trimming in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Brookhaven, Decatur, Duluth, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Tucker and the nearby north metro area.

Tree trimming, synonymous with tree pruning, involves intentional and selective cutting of branches to achieve specific results. Some objectives include pruning to eliminate structural defects, to eliminate decay, for more sunshine on the yard, to make it easier to walk under the tree, for a better view, to make the tree more resistant to weather events, for more fruit, etc. 404-CUT-TREE offers professional and affordable tree trimming services in Atlanta. An arborist may diagnose certain tree health related issues that pruning can help address. Generally, trees are trimmed to make the trees safer to live around, or to correct a defect.

Tree Pruning in Atlanta, GA

Here is a list of some of the more common defects pruning can help correct:

  • Co-dominant stems
  • Branch crossovers
  • Broken, dead, diseased or deformed branches
  • Trees spaced too close together
  • Crown too dense
  • Tree mis-shaped
  • Storm damage
  • Tree leaning excessively over home
  • Branches blocking a view
  • Too much weight on the end of a branch
  • One branch too large in relation to the tree

Pruning a tree’s dead branches can help prevent branches from falling on your home, but it also reduces the risk of decay from the dead branch migrating into the live wood. The above issues help answer the question, ‘Why prune?’ But there two additional important complementary questions, ‘How and When?’

How to prune

Professional tree trimming companies all comply with the national tree pruning specification, the American National Standards Institute ANSI A300 for Pruning. If your Arborist complies with the ANSI A300, you can be assured that you and he will comply with all local tree ordinances. Pruning which is not done properly can damage your tree, even to the point of death. Generally smaller cuts made more frequently are better than larger cuts made infrequently. The standard covers where on the branch to make the cut, how much of the tree to cut and prohibits the use of climbing spikes by the tree trimmer.

When to prune

Some trees have unique criteria to be considered when pruning. For instance, it’s best to prune pines in Atlanta only during the winter, when pine beetles and the trees are dormant. So it’s important to identify the species of tree prior to pruning. But we can offer some general seasonal tips about tree trimming.

  • Spring: Trim flowering trees soon after blossoms fall
  • Summer: Minimize pruning, but dead wood prune ok
  • Fall: Dead wood, smaller live cuts ok
  • Winter: Best time to trim most trees, especially if you need to make larger cuts

Safe Work Practices

The tree industry has developed and published safe work practice standards known as ANSI Z133.1-2006 (American National Standard for Arboricultural Operations – Safety Requirements). Tree crews conforming to this standard “stand out” from the many that don’t with their use of personal protective equipment and work practices. 404-CUT-TREE trains and requires all personnel to work in conformance with Z-133.

Why this is not a DIY job

Tree TrimmingA major DIY (do-it-yourself) home and garden TV channel offers this advice: “Chainsaws can be … extremely dangerous. If a large tree needs to be (trimmed), consult an arborist.”

A national arboretum website advises, “…with fallen and damaged trees…a professional should be hired. (They) are properly equipped. The pruning of large trees can be dangerous and should not be taken lightly.”

A consumer group reminds you that tree work near power lines requires specific training and minimum separation. Electrocution is a bona fide danger. TREE BRANCHES CAN CONDUCT ELECTRICITY. It’s a cause of injury and death among DIY tree removers.

Call 404-288-8733 to have us assess your job