Trimming your trees every 2-3 years is responsible tree maintenance.  It insures your trees canopy is light and airy, plus it also promotes root growth and stronger leading limbs.  Pruning your trees before Hurricane season (June 1) improves the survivability of your trees from toppling over or snapping in two from high speed winds. Our company adheres to pruning standards ANSI A300 but aesthetics also plays an important role in pruning.
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Terms Tree Services Use for Trimming


There are several terms used by tree companies to describe the type of trimming or pruning your tree might need to be performed.

Listed below are the most widely Known Phrases for Pruning


Thin & Raise    -Thin and Raise is a basic meaning and the most popular pruning for Oaks.  The Canopy is thinned out by cutting small branches from developing limbs.  This aerates the tree canopy allowing air to pass through the canopy somewhat freely. Raise is also for the canopy as we cut the sagging branches and limbs usually forming on the lower level.  It raises the shirt of the canopy giving the impression of an umbrella and clearance to grow over homes and roads properly.


Sidewall     -Sidewall is simply pruning limbs to the boundary line of the property the tree's trunk resides.  Utility companies use this method of pruning limbs away from service lines, utility poles, transformers and anything hazardous to the companies equipment. if the tree is consuming to much space, then its cut back in order to try and train the tree to grow in a different direction. Side-walling trees appears abrupt and lacking in aesthetics but depending on the tree when the pruned branches begin to fill out it resembles the side wall of a hedge.


Lift / Shape     -A tree's limbs grow different for various types of trees. Some have a drape like a Christmas tree. Other trees grow upward fork-shaped and some into round balls but all of these examples can be lifted or shaped. Lifting a tree's canopy is somewhat like raising a tree but in lifting the outer rim of the canopy is cut back and larger limbs can be removed in order to get the necessary clearance underneath. Shaping is usually done on immature trees in order to train it for maturity and produce a strong canopy base. Ornamental trees are shaped for either a topiary design or to aid the tree in producing a fuller canopy as most ornamental trees form blooms or blossoms.


Topping/Hat Rack     -Topping is just as it sounds; removing the top portion of a dominant stalk and pruning the upper part of the canopy to equal height of the removed stalk. This pruning method is only done on the rarest occasion to train the canopy to grow fuller and it dwarfs the tree to a point.  Hat Racking is almost never done to a tree because there's a risk of killing the tree. Hat Racking is removing the uppermost part of the canopy and pruning the entire perimeter of the outer canopy drawing the limb growth closer to the stalk. Your left with a cylindrical shaped canopy with very little if not any foliage.


Boot Cut     -Boot-cutting is only referred to palms as far as we know. boot-cutting is removing most of the fronds in the crown of a palm tree. Similarly called a Hurricane cut because palms were cut back before the hurricane season to prevent palm fronds from becoming wind-born instruments of destruction in hurricane force winds.


It's recommended that no more than 35% of the tree's canopy can be removed and it's a guide we strongly agree with no matter what method is being used above (exception is hat racking). Pruning is the removal of deadwood from a tree, removing limbs that will pose a risk in the future and training to grow a healthy tree. Health and Aesthetics are the two main focal points when pruning a customer's tree. Plus the customer's needs such as clearance underneath the canopy for parking or cutting back limbs from the roof.

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Pruning or what we refer to as Trimming, is essential maintenance for trees  every 2 to 6 years, depending on the tree and the location it's growing. Cutting back the trees limbs ands branches promotes a tree to grow stronger roots and thicker stalk  before it extends the growth of its canopy seeking sunlight.

Plus trimming your tree saves you money in the long run. It helps prevent deadwood or weak branches from falling and doing damage to your property. Trimming gives the tree a stronger base preventing it from toppling over in severe weather. If a tree isn't pruned over the coarse of it's maturity, the root base stays shallow as it's providing nutrients to over extended canopy growth. Trimming gives your tree a lush healthy crown, keeps the tree balanced and strengthens the Root base. In most cases if the conditions are right, pruning a tree is not needed for quite sometime in a trees life. It is called surgery and the tree takes some damage for a short period of time. But the tree heals quickly becoming stronger and more vibrant with an attractive canopy.

A Sun State Tree has been promoting affordable trimming for years to customers to help the public engage in better tree care.

Our biggest concern is if your tree is completely ignored and weak, protruding lengthy leads (large branches) have the potential of becoming "wind-bourne" debris in a hurricane.  They can become instruments of destruction and possibly cause fatalities.

A Sun State Trees, Inc.
 3775 N. US HWY 17 92 SANFORD, FLORIDA 32773 407-331-8905