Structural Pruning
This American beech was
recently pruned for structure
John L. Detherage
This is where the artist in me comes through.  I have to
be able to imagine how the growth pattern of the tree
is going to affect future functionality, aesthetics and
durability of the plant.  Seeing five, ten twenty and fifty
years into the future is how to determine which limbs
to cut and which to save.  It is the most difficult part of
the pruning process. Limbs too close to the roof line
will ultimately be removed.  For most species, it is
best to remove them before the limb diameter
exceeds six inches diameter at the trunk attachment
point. Knowing this allows me to remove them at the
proper time. Timing is important.  Not just the time of
year pruning occurs but the timing within a trees
lifespan that certain whole limbs are removed.   Only a
seasoned professional who has practiced years has
the experience to  guide your trees through the
pruning process.
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This American beech tree was pruned for structure 8
years ago.  About every 2 years additional limbs will
be removed for spacing. See below for an update
Making the correct finish cuts is extremely important while pruning any
tree.  This large oak had limbs over the roof of a Goshen home.