Waxhaw, NC Clearance Pruning
Clearance Pruning Experts in Weddington, Ballantyne & South Charlotte
If your trees are in major disarray, you may have heard of a process called clearance pruning. Sometimes referred to as hat-racking, rounding over, heading, or tipping, clearance pruning is an extreme solution that some uninformed landscapers will recommend without fully understanding the consequences. At Tree Masters, we understand that there are occasions where clearance pruning is a viable choice, but we want our customers to be making informed decisions about their foliage. We don’t take clearance pruning lightly, and we’ll help you weigh all the costs of clearance pruning against the potential benefits. Whether you just need a trim or you really do need clearance pruning, we’ll get the job done safely, effectively, and without damaging your landscaping.
What Is clearance pruning?
clearance pruning is a process wherein the entire top portion of a tree is removed, leaving only a length of trunk behind. Occasionally some branches or branch stumps will be left behind, but overall, the process will involve removing large portions of your tree, not just wayward branches. This can severely damage the health of your trees, sending them into shock, triggering the growth of unsightly vertical branches, and even shortening their lifespans.
Debunking clearance pruning Myths
There are a lot of myths out there about clearance pruning that cause uninformed amateurs to take a chainsaw to their own trees against the advice of professional arborists. A lot of people believe that topping a tree will cause it to regrow to a shorter height, avoiding rooftops or power lines. They also believe that clearance pruning is just a more extreme version of pruning and that their tree will continue to grow back just like it always has, just leaving more time until it needs to be cared for again. Some people will even recommend clearance pruning as a way to bring old trees back to life, reasoning that the regrowth tree will be more vibrant and healthier.
The truth is that none of those myths are true. When you top a tree, it won’t grow back smaller, and it definitely won’t grow back healthy, because you’re removing the canopy, where it gets most of its nutrients. Topped trees that don’t die shortly after the process is complete go into survival mode, and their growth is unattractive and uncontrollable – in fact, topped trees may need even more pruning than they did before.
What clearance pruning WON’T Do:
- Prevent your trees from growing too tall
- Help you save money on trimming and pruning
- Get rid of excess foliage
- Rejuvenate or revitalize your trees
If an inexperienced arborist or landscaper is recommending clearance pruning to you, always consult with Tree Masters to find out if there are better options. Clearance pruning should only be considered in very specific instances as a last resort.
When is clearance pruning Beneficial?
Despite the numerous costs of clearance pruning, there are scenarios where it may be your best option. If your tree has suffered heavy damages from a storm, clearance pruning can prevent those damages from spreading. Clearance pruning can also be performed as a precursor to tree removal to make sure there are fewer branches and hazards when the tree is fully removed later. In all circumstances, clearance pruning should only be performed with the guidance and assistance of experienced tree professionals, and our team at Tree Masters certainly qualifies. We’ll let you know if you need clearance pruning or trimming and ensure that the job gets done the right way.
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Every tree is unique, so we use a personalized approach to our clearance pruning services in Waxhaw, NC. Our experienced arborists can examine your trees to assess the overall health, evaluate any problems, and determine the best methods for improving the health and appearance of your trees, whether that’s giving them a simple trim or topping them before final removal. We have the skill and equipment to perform clearance pruning according to the latest guidelines for health, safety, and appearance.
We explain the work that is needed, make recommendations, and always take the time to answer your questions. At Tree Masters, we are happy to provide additional information and free estimates for clearance pruning and our other tree services.
They got to work, masterfully brought the trees down with no issues and cleaned up.- Dave C.
They are professional, courteous and very reasonable in cost.- Past Customer
Excellent service and friendly workers.- Don G.
The owner and his crew did an excellent job!- Susan B.
The crew did a fantastic job!- Tim I.