Our arborists and certified tree trimmers are fully equipped to handle all of your arbor care needs. East Coast Facilities maintains its own fleet of superior forestry equipment, including aerial bucket trucks, chip trucks, chippers, stump grinding units, saws, loaders, and grapples.
Tree Trimming (including hardwoods and tropical palm species)
Proper tree trimming enhances the beauty of any tree, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its long-term potential. In most cases, it is better not to prune than to do it incorrectly. By using improper pruning methods healthy trees can be weakened or deformed.
Tree trimming, like any other skill, requires knowing what you are doing to achieve success. Our tree trimmers are trained and licensed, not only in how to trim, but also how to do it safely.
Trimming or pruning, which has several definitions, but essentially it involves removing plant parts to improve the health, landscape effect, or value of the plant.
These are services that we provide
PRESCRIBED PRUNING CLASS I CLEAN OUT– Clean out entire canopy to improve light penetration air flow and over all health of the tree by removing all dead, dying, and diseased or otherwise structurally unsound branches to the 1” diameter class, and selective removal of all water sprouts on main scaffold branches. This type of pruning will also include clearing all lights and all structures. The prescribed work above will be an attempt to restore the trees to better structure and health. Crown reduction, clearance pruning (pruning away from building and walkways), crown cleaning and restoration pruning will also be preformed on various trees through out property as deemed necessary.
PRESCRIBED PRUNING CLASS II CLEAN OUT– Clean lower 2/3 of canopy to improve light penetration, air flow, and overall health of the tree by removing all dead, dying, and diseased or otherwise structurally unsound branches to the 1.5” diameter class and selective removal of all water sprouts on main scaffold branches. This type of pruning will also include clearing all lights and all structures. The prescribed work above will be an attempt to restore the trees to better structure and health.
PRESCRIBED PRUNING CLASS III CLEAN OUT– Clean out lower 1/3rd of canopy to improve light penetration, air flow, and overall health of the tree by removing all dead, dying, and diseased or otherwise structurally unsound branches to the 2” diameter class, and selective removal of all water sprouts on main scaffold branches. This type of pruning will also include clearing all lights and all structures.
Arbor Pruning– Pruning to thin canopy to allow light penetration inside of canopy edge (this allows for growth of internal branching and thicker canopy for plants) and improve health of plants. This is usually to remediate past shearing and shaping practices that have left a large percentage of dead limbs, stubbed branches, torn/cut leaves and debris in the shrub/plant. The plants will be dead wooded, thinned, and diseased parts removed. All debris within area of shrubs shall be removed. The pruning will be done so that all cuts are made at branch junctures and there are no stubs or intermodal cuts of limbs existing. This is best accomplished by hand pruners in the work. No size reduction.
Crown Cleaning Pruning– Pruning of limbs throughout the tree canopy to remove dead, diseased broken branches, repair stub cut branches, remove water sand sun sprouts from limbs and trunk, and clean out problem limbs from canopy. Branches removed shall be 1.5” diameter or larger, except you shall remove all sprouts on trunk and main/structural limbs. Sprouts on secondary limbs can remain.
Clearance Pruning– (Crown Raising and/or directional pruning)- Pruning of lower limbs and canopy of trees/plants that are growing over the sidewalk and/or the roadway space. Also directional pruning of limbs and canopy rowing into structures (building, street lights, walls, etc.) and or other plants. Prune to direct away from, or at an angle away from, the structure by cutting back to lateral branch(es) that grow away from structure.
Crown Reduction Pruning– Pruning of all primary limbs and leaders in outer canopy to reduce the size and height of a tree. This is done to maintain the integrity and structure of the tree while reducing the overall size to better fit in the location. All reduction pruning must be done to secondary limbs that will form new canopy edges and become primary leader for limbs that were reduced. Canopy size shall be reduced by ¼ the total canopy size (height and width) fort he trees in this category. All branches in the outer canopy of a tree shall be addressed for this work category.
Crown Thinning– Removal and pruning of branches throughout total tree canopy to allow greater light penetration through canopy and reduce amount of branching in canopy. No reduction of canopy size is required as a result of this work. Branches removed should be secondary limbs and should be chosen to allow limbs remaining to be singularly dominant in air space they are left. Branches removed shall be 2” diameter or larger only.
Palm Pruning– Pruning of fronds and inflorescence (seed pods and bracts) from the palm(s). Only remove fronds that are brown/dead to allow uptake of nutrients from the fronds to occur prior to their removal. Inflorescence can be removed at any time, but it is usually cleaner to remove before seeds ripen. A general rule is not to prune fronds above a 90 degree angle to the palm trunk.
Restoration Pruning– Restoration pruning for trees previously hat-racked, damaged from storms or having other damages that have broken branches or been a cause for sprouting growth on limbs. Pruning should reduce number of sprouts on stub branches, remove stubs of branches where natural growth branches will then dominate and fill canopy area, and thin the limbs throughout the canopy. Main concerns are to reduce number of multiple leaders along branches and stubbed branch ends and clean cut any broken limbs or stubs to laterals or parent limbs. Work should result in better balanced canopy and future growth of remaining limbs that will fill in and become a more natural growth pattern of trees.
Structural Pruning– Pruning of limbs throughout plant/tree canopy to reduce the crossing limbs and correct poor growth forms(multiple leaders on branches, tight angled branch junctures, included bark problems). Branches removed shall be 2” diameter or larger only.
Training Pruning– Pruning of Limbs and multiple stems to train an young tree/shrub (during establishment) to form a structurally sound canopy. Pruning includes Reduction Pruning of multiple leader limbs, Crown Cleaning Pruning for dead, diseased and crossing limbs, and some Structural Pruning to choose dominant leaders and gain good structural branching pattern for tree/plant. Pruning limbs 1” diameter and larger only, and any diameter limb for shrubs.
Hazard Removal– Removal of trees that are an immediate hazard to property and pedestrians due to dead or broken limbs, damaged trunk or health of tree (usually dead or nearly dead). This work includes the removal of the total tree and grinding of the stump to six inches below grade. Removal site should be leveled and raked to an even grade with surrounding soil.