We use rope-assisted climbing (without spikes), and a variety of pruning techniques to achieve the desired objectives – from clearance of buildings, to removal of deadwood, to subordination of co-dominant leaders.
Cabling and Bracing
Trees that have existing cracks or are structurally prone to future breakage may be preserved by installing a cable or bracing system.
Root Pruning & Care
Using our Tree Spade, a device which removes soil from around roots using high-velocity air, the root system and all of its problems are laid bare for analysis and pruning.
We may recommend installation of an unobtrusive plexiglass protective ‘roof’ to prevent an accumulation of water in open cavities that could cause decay or rot if left unattended.
We employ the most current techniques to preserve trees, both above ground and below:
- Spikes (AKA gaffs & spurs) are only used when removing a tree.
- Only light-duty trucks are used, and are not driven over unpaved parts of the trees’ root zone without owners’ permission. Aerial work is done using ropes and harnesses.
- Cambium Savers (AKA Friction Savers, as seen on left) and false crotches are used routinely, devices which greatly reduce the damage which climbing and rigging ropes can cause to bark.
- All pruning tools, with the exception of chainsaws, are sterilized before work on every site.
Why we don’t use Aerial lifts (AKA bucket trucks):
- We don’t use any vehicles heavier than a heavy pickup truck, and we stay on the roads and driveways. Positioning a bucket truck for pruning often involves driving this heavy vehicle on areas not exposed to traffic, potentially compacting soils and thus reducing tree health.
- Tree removal outfits often over-prune. This results in more decay and weakly-attached new growth, increasing the hazards.
- So, at least, make sure the company you hire is pruning for the long-term, not just to make laypeople feel safer.