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Pruning – “You Get What You Pay For”


In our daily lives, we buy and sell many things.  We all want value in these transactions and the old adage is still true – “you get what you pay for”.  This is true in almost every transaction and is true when it comes to choosing who will prune your trees.  This picture is of two live oaks for which the owner requested a pruning estimate.  

The owner chose another company to do the pruning and they received the value that they paid for.  This post may seem like sour grapes, but I only want to point out that there is a difference in who gets into your trees.  We each have to decide what value we are willing to pay for.  There are a lot of tree cutters roaming the neighborhoods that will “prune” your trees for very little money.  Many of them do not have the slightest idea of what is good for the tree and what is good aesthetically.  All they know is to raise the canopy of the tree and strip out all of the lower internal limbs.  As you can see on these trees, there was no attention given to the density and weight at the end of the limbs.  These trees will now grow long and lanky limbs that will be prone to breakage and the suckers will come back with a vengence along the lenght of the limbs.  The health, beauty, and safety of these trees has now been compromised.  When you shop for pruning services, please make sure the provider is certified by theInternational Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and knows what they are doing in the trees.  Every cut on the tree has a purpose and each cut needs to be carefully considered before it is made.  Remember, “you get what you pay for”.  Trees are a valuable asset to your property.  Please don’t let the “tree cutters” near them.  You canverify ISA credentials by clicking here.

This is a picture of a live oak that was pruned one year before the picure was taken.  Notice the aggressive sucker limb formatio on the limbs and the growth at the end of the limbs.  The trees should be majestic shade trees, instead they look like giant pieces of brocolli!  This is a commercial office park property in Farmers Branch, Texas and the owners got what they paid for with this pruning job.  The trees in the picture above will look like this in a year or two and the owner will be paying another “tree cutter” to prune out all the suckers.  It is a vicious circle, which is good only for the “tree cutters”, not for the property owner or the trees.

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