Tree Trimming, Pruning & Deadwooding
Covering the Foothills & Mountains West of Denver
Tree Pruning & Trimming Service
Why Prune Your Trees?
Pruning involves carefully removing dead, damaged, diseased or otherwise unwanted tree branches.
Proper pruning of trees adds to their aesthetic value, improves their strength and maintains their safety. Plus, a well-pruned tree can also increase your property value when it's time to sell.
It's important that pruning be done properly - improper pruning can cause irreparable damage, create hazards for your and your family and even shorten a tree’s life.
Reasons to Prune a Tree
Tree pruning is the most common maintenance practice for trees. It's generally done for one of the following reasons:
- To remove diseased, dead, or storm-damaged branches that look ugly and could hurt someone
- To remove branches that could be a potential fire hazard
- To thin out the crown of the tree to allow for new growth and better air circulation, resulting in a healthier tree
- To reduce the height of the tree (note that we do NOT top trees)
- To remove branches that are blocking walkways, hitting your house or other structures, or interfering with overhead wires
- To give you a better view
- To fix the overall shape of a tree so it looks better (this should really only be done on shrubs and small trees)
Tree Pruning Methods
There are various methods for tree pruning and trimming. Our certified arborists will recommend the process that's best for your trees and meets your goals for pruning the tree.
In general, tree pruning falls into one of three categories - pruning for safety, health or aesthetics.
Pruning for Safety - This is done to remove damaged or diseased branches while reducing the risk of failure from wind and snow loads, and maintaining the structural integrity of the tree. This usually means removing branches that could fall and damage your property or hurt someone.
Pruning for Tree Health - In this situation, pruning is done to make trees healthier, such as by removing diseased or insect-infested wood, promoting air flow or removing crossing and rubbing branches.
Pruning for Aesthetics - When the natural form and character of your trees and shrubs doesn't look good, pruning can help. We can improve the shape of the tree, open up your view, and ensure proper tree structure.
The predominant tree in our area, the Ponderosa Pine, often loses its bottom branches as it grows. This looks unsightly and also reduces tree vigor, inviting insects and disease problems. Trimming off the dead and dying branches - deadwooding - helps the tree resist these problems and makes your property more attractive. Another important benefit of deadwooding is that it helps decrease the danger of forest fires. We can give you a per-tree price on this service.
Whether it’s a mature tree that needs corrective or preventive pruning, a young tree that needs pruning to develop a strong structure and desirable form, or a landscape shrub, your plants will benefit from pruning by a professional arborist.
Proper pruning takes knowledge and experience in both the science and art of pruning - something our ISA Certified Arborists have in abundance. On the other hand, poor pruning can damage your tree, cause insect and disease problems, and even kill it.
Not all trees need regular pruning but many will need an occasional "hair cut" to look their best and stay strong and healthy. Give us a call at 303-674-8733 and we'll be happy to take a look at your trees and give you an assessment of what kind of pruning would be best.
We Do Not Top Trees
There are ANSI standards for tree pruning and tree trimming. LAM Tree Service follows these standards and industry best practices for tree pruning.
Because of this, we do not top trees. Topping permanently damages trees, weakens them and leads to premature failure.