Pruning

“Can we top this tree? Should we top this tree?”

Topping involves making (often radical) reductions in height that disrupt the natural growth pattern of the tree. Firstly, if we can agree that nature generally has a reason to its design, then we likely don’t want to disrupt the natural form and growth patterns of the trees we care for. Secondly, we must recognize that…

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“Does this tree need to be pruned?”

Our philosophy is that a naturally grown tree that has had no human interference living outside of a man-made environment does not need to be pruned. But the truth is that in the urban environment, humans and trees coexist, and we often have desires and objectives that require altering the tree in some way. A…

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“This tree is too big”

Actually, the tree is just the size it was genetically predisposed to be.   It may be that: a human planted it in a space that didn’t take its future size into account, or that a building was built too close to the space it has occupied for years before.   This is why we…

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Healthy Pruning Practices

We take our role as tree stewards seriously by engaging in healthy pruning practices. As a general rule, pruning should not alter the natural form of the tree. In fact, if a tree has been pruned well it should be difficult to tell that it was pruned at all. A professional should know how to…

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How do I know what kind of tree worker to hire?

With the long history of forestry in BC, urban tree work on the West Coast can be confusing. Foresters, utility certified tree workers and ISA arborists carry different certifications and perform different services. To better understand the difference between these tree workers it helps to look at the objectives of each. Forestry workers specialize in…

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