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We Have Experienced Tree Trimmers when Trees Don't Require Full Removal

The importance of properly trimming and pruning trees is often overlooked and can be detrimental to the health of the tree if done improperly. Having a trained professional complete any necessary trimming and pruning is essential to growth and overall aesthetics of your landscape.

By removing dead or dying branches, overgrowth or a tree that may be interfering with another tree, you will:

It is important that you don’t over-thin a tree – it may cause the tree to have aggressive sprout growth or stress the tree causing it to slowly start to die. An ISA Certified Arborist will take into account the type, size and age of the tree in addition to any environmental factors that may have a negative impact on the health of the tree.

When receiving a free estimate, Splintered Forest utilizes colored flagging tape for marking trees instead of spray paint. This allows for changes to be made without leaving any permanent residue on the tree.

When Should I Prune My Trees?

Most trees can be pruned at any time of the year. The only hindrance is the presence of pests and diseases during warm months that may put your tree at risk. For that reason, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) states that late winter (February-Early March) is the best time to prune most types of trees. Since trees are still dormant (meaning growth is halted) during these months, wounds will close quicker if pruning occurs just before the new growth starts to emerge.

Although late winter is the ideal time for pruning most types of trees, this process can be done at any point during the winter as long as the tree is dormant.

How Do I Know When To Call An ISA Certified Arborist To Check My Trees?

Trees are mostly self-sufficient when it comes to their own structure and removal of deadwood or unnecessary branches.  We are just here to help it along by removing the dead branches, before they can cause damage to property or hurt someone, and by helping to choose a structure for the tree that will be most beneficial to its health in the long run. 

It is recommended that a tree be pruned once every 2-3 years when it is mature. While it is young, a tree should be monitored and pruned as needed every other year to promote healthy structure.  Click here for more details on how and why to prune young shade trees.

Should I Prune Young Trees?

The short answer to this question is yes, young/newly planted trees need to be trimmed as well, but should be done conservatively. New trees need your guidance to keep them from branching out in the wrong direction and your help to remove torn/broken branches. It is also important for most young trees to maintain a single, dominant leader. Sometimes trees can develop double leaders (also known as co-dominant stems) that can lead to structural weakness so it is best to remove one while the tree is still young.

What Is The Difference Between Pruning and Trimming?

While pruning and trimming sound like they are the same thing they both have different end goals and processes. 

Pruning: Pruning is the method of removing or reducing a tree’s branches or sprouts to improve their health.  Cuts made when pruning are well thought out and are done with the goal of helping the tree by removing deadwood and promoting good structure. 

Trimming: Trimming is done to trees and shrubs to improve aesthetics of the plant.  This method is used to manage the shape and size of the plant overall.  Shrubs and small ornamental trees usually have trimming done to them to make them fit into the landscape better.

Can I Top My Tree?

At Splintered Forest we hear this all the time – my tree has grown too tall for our property and it is now blocking our prized view – can I just cut the top off? While the short answer is yes, you can technically cut the top off your tree, the correct answer is it should be avoided. Topping a tree can cause it to become unsightly and a hazard.

Removing the top of the tree leads to:

  • Shock (Stress)
  • Starvation (Lesser ability to produce sugars to survive)
  • Weak Limbs/Structure
  • Insects/Diseases
  • Rapid New Growth
  • Death of The Tree

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Splintered Forest Justin Matheny

Justin Matheny

Five Stars

The crew was incredibly efficient, skilled and professional. Would highly recommend and use them again in the future.

Splintered Forest Kathleen Noonan

Kathleen Noonan

Five Stars

Splintered Forest was willing to work with our needs and were patient during the estimating process... The crews arrived on time every day, worked hard, and did a good job cleaning up the work areas at the end of each day.

Splintered Forest Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Five Stars

Splintered Forest did a great job removing 2 very large trees in my backyard. They were very efficient and had the trees removed in 1/2 a day - which is probably due to the fact they had some amazing equipment (crane, trucks, etc.).

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