We have a video here to give a a visual of what I am about to cover.
When we first approach a tree, we look for any 'Dead Wood' such as small branches that are very rigid and snap when you bend them. Sometimes as a part of a tree dies, it maintains it's flexibility, but you can usually tell that it will die off soon, especially if it is in an area of the tree that is not getting enough light. Which takes me to the next step of tree trimming which is to look for any criss crossing growth. We really don't want branches touching because they can kill each other off or cause injury to the tree.
After we remove the dead parts of the tree and all of the branches that grow into each other, we then start letting the light in. We look for areas of the tree that have the potential to grow well and we remove any leaves or branches that block the light from getting to the lower branches, This encourages more growth on the inside of the tree which gives the tree a full healthy look later on.
After all of that we get to shape the tree. Now that we have removed all of the unnecessary parts of the tree it will probably look pretty unsymmetrical so we want to go around the out side of the tree and do what we can to take off any branches that are sticking out sideways or growing towards the ground. This makes the look of the tree more aesthetically pleasing. This is usually the more challenging part of the job as most people will keep taking off more and more until they get to the point where the tree looks bare and could end up stunting the growth of the tree. In this video you can see that our tree looks beautiful!
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