Professional Care Means Healthier Trees

At first glance, trimming your own trees may seem like a great way to save a bit of money. After all, it’s just taking a few branches down and removing a couple of limbs. What could possibly be the big deal? Ask the hundreds of homeowners who were injured and even killed while attempting to service their own trees last year alone. Tree trimming has been shown to be one of the most dangerous and complicated household chores and should be left in the hands of experienced tree maintenance professionals.

Outfitted with the Best Equipment and Experience

Armed with the proper tools and techniques, our crews are proficient in safe trimming and pruning projects. Scaling back overgrowth and removing damaged or diseased branches and limbs, we work to ensure the solid function of each tree while encouraging proper growth patterns.

Regardless of the type of tree or its complications, we boldly face the challenges of any tree trimming project, while human safety and property protection tie as our highest priority. Known to go above and beyond for our valued clients, we strive to do whatever we can to leave your property in better shape than when we first arrived.

Find out why we’re the preferred tree care company of your friends and neighbors by scheduling your free estimate with Elite Tree Experts today. We promise affordable, superior service delivered by the industry’s best.

Types of Tree Pruning:

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is the practice of promoting upwards growth on the bottom layer of the canopy. By removing the lower branches of your tree, more light is able to pass beneath the crown without impacting the strength of the tree’s structure. Many times this process is done to clear a path for a road, houses and other structures ridding the tree of its lowest hanging branches.

Sometimes it is best to leave these branches to help protect structures from the upper canopy of the tree. These lower branches also play an important part in the stabilization of the trees structure!

The lower branches of a tree are generally larger, it’s important to let the tree experts do the work, ensuring that your tree can heal and is strong enough to stand against the wind and other external factors.

Crown Thinning

Thinning your tree means that we will remove selective branches throughout the crown, increasing light penetration, and air circulation throughout the tree. During crown thinning, we will work throughout the entire crown, including the outer edges, focusing on smaller branches that will not change the shape of the tree. It’s important to remember that you do not want to remove too many branches from your tree; doing so will change its structure, making it weaker and creating fewer areas that can be pruned in the future.

Crown Reduction

Just as the name implies, a crown reduction is the process of reducing the overall size of the crown, shortening branches by cutting them back to the collar of another growth point that is 1/3 of the size of what you are removing. This technique can be very complicated at times and may result in several sessions to maintain the aesthetics and overall health of a tree. After all, most of the foliage is at the tips of the canopy. It is not recommend to remove over 1/3 of the foliage. For more info read topping/ hard topping. We suggest reduction when a tree has outgrown the space that it is in. This type of trimming is also popular among fruit trees making it easier and safer to harvest the fruit the tree bares.

Crown reduction can result in large wounds at the end of branches which can begin to decay if not done properly and should only be performed on specific types of trees. When cutting branches back, the flowing branch line should be maintained, leaving a natural shape.

Dead wooding

Is the process of removing dead leaders, branches and limbs. It would be very costly to get every dead limb out of some trees due to the amount of time it will take. However, removing all of the bigger dead limbs and branches reduces the likely hood of an injury or something getting damage by having the dead wood removed in a more controlled and uniformed manner.

Directional pruning

Is a technique we use to help manage which way twigs, branches and trees grow. Can be used for anesthetic appeal of a tree or redirecting growth patterns of a tree away from another structure such as houses, sheds, powerlines and even other trees. It’s even used to promote proper and healthy growth patterns!

Topping/Hard Topping Warning!

Topping and hard topping is a bad practice of removing most (if not all) of the trees foliage. This is detrimental to the trees health due to the photosynthesis process. Not to mention the owners pocket book! Here is why, when you take off the foliage of the tree you are taking away its energy leaving it more vulnerable to sun scalping due to a slower recovery process caused by the removing of the foliage. This results in the tree going into defense mode to try and survive, sprouting out what we like to call sucker growth or water sprouts. Most of the time when a tree sprouts sucker growth it is an indication that it is under a lot of stress. Sucker growth forms weak branch unions and are not as strong as the original tree growth. The sprouts are more subject to insects and diseases due to the exposure of fresh wounds and density of the new abnormal growth. Insects love softer wood. If there’s decay in the tree then you best bet there are insects! These suckers also shoot out in great numbers and become competing co-dominate leaders. That means the leaders are going to grow rapidly to compete for sunlight and shoot out more branches. So now what use to be 1 leader can become 4 leaders with weaker branch unions! That means more brush and more cutting and more future maintenance!! One major problem we tend to run into with co-dominate leaders is they often form a V-crotch or a Y-crotch (tight crotch) instead of a U (loose crotch). What difference does this make you may wonder? Well, over the course of a tree’s life it will have animals building nest in the canopy, leaves falling off, limbs, branches, twigs, and bark get torn off or just die out for a numerous of reasons and fall to the ground or it gets stuck in one of the crotches of the tree! Often times the elements of Mother Nature can keep the trees healthy by blowing the debris out of the U-crotch or washing it out in a storm. However, in a Y- or V-crotch the debris gets jammed and starts going through the decomposing process and the tree will start to grow around this debris. This debris also retains a lot of moisture causing dead wood to start conforming within the tree itself. Animals often like to build nest in these types of crotches because it helps hold the materials they gather together. One way of preventing this from occurring is to put out bird houses. Preferably not nailed into the tree because this can cause damage to the saws and equipment in the future when the tree has outlived its time or is just in a bad location.

If your tree needs pruning or trimmed, our team of tree specialists can help in more ways than one. Find out why we are becoming Indiana’s most trusted tree service by scheduling an at-home project consultation online by clicking here or give us a call at 765-341-5288.We offer exemplary care delivered by the Central Indiana’s Top Rated Local® tree service company.

Avoid Tree Topping

The first rule of tree topping: Try not to. Not if you care for the look and function of your trees.

The second rule of tree topping: If a tree service company recommends lopping off the crown of any treeit’s time to get a second opinion from Elite Tree Experts.

Tree topping, without question, is the most detrimental tree trimming technique used by amateurs, lazy companies, and uninformed homeowners.

Simply stated, tree topping is misunderstood to be an effective way to limit a tree’s vertical growth. Often utilized near utility lines and in small spaces, topping has unfortunately caused thousands of trees to grow in unhealthy, and frankly ugly, patterns. Causing limbs to mutate and grow horizontally from lower in the trunk, the technique leaves trees vulnerable to unnecessary breakage and diminished leaf production. These issues often leave the entire tree susceptible to insects and disease.

Utilizing only those techniques that have been approved by the tree care industry, our tree specialists work to always ensure the life-long strength and beauty of your trees. Understanding the formations and growth patterns of hundreds of native tree types in and around the Indianapolis, Greencastle, Spencer and Terre Haute area we have successfully trimmed and pruned thousands of trees. If tree topping is ultimately necessary for your tree we have the expertise needed to preserve as much growth as possible and keeping it in the best of health after going through a major surgery like that!

Contact the Tree Experts

Find out more about what makes our tree trimming services superior by scheduling your on-site consultation today. Call our friendly support care team in Poland at 317-245-8191 or request a free quote for tree trimming services online by clicking here. Be sure to check out our other excellent tree care services such as tree removal, stump grinding, and general tree maintenance.