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Prolong the life of your trees by choosing a certified arborist for your tree maintenance. Russ Tree Service knows when and how to best prune a tree at the branches or roots. Pruning at the wrong time can leave trees exposed to insect or fungal infection, cutting at the wrong spot can cause the tree to waste nutrients and pruning in wet conditions can lead to the spread of mold.
Our Wisconsin professionals offer expert, affordably priced branch pruning and tree trimming services. We not only keep trees healthy, we spare you the often hazardous work that can cause injury if not done properly using specialized equipment.
Common Reasons to Prune a Tree
- Remove damaged or diseased branches
- Give the tree or bush a shape
- Stop branches from overlapping
- Protect branches from ice damage
- Remove lower branches that are getting in the way
- Reduce the height of the tree
- Thin the crown of the tree for better air circulation and more vigorous growth
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Root Pruning in Wisconsin
Roots growing up out of the ground around the base of a tree look bad and can be so invasive that they start killing off the grass in your lawn. This is when many homeowners look into root pruning.
Can you cut out above-ground tree roots without harming the tree?
Unfortunately, there’s no iron-clad guarantee that pruning roots won’t hurt (or even kill) a tree. We generally recommend root pruning only when the roots are so close to a nearby structure (foundation wall, for instance).
We take a conservative approach to pruning tree roots by not pruning any root more than 2” in diameter. Doing so can compromise a tree’s ability to take in water and nutrients. We avoid removing roots close to the trunk of the tree, since these are part of the tree’s supporting structure. We also won’t prune out more than 20% of above-ground roots at a time, and we allow the tree 2 to 3 years to recover before doing any further pruning. Although it's obviously not the quick fix many homeowners are seeking, it's better to proceed cautiously than to risk losing a tree.
When is the best time of year for branch and root pruning?
The best time to cut tree roots is in the winter or early spring, when the tree’s growth cycle is on hold. This allows the tree some time to recover before the next growing season.
Getting your trees trimmed before winter starts can minimize ice damage. Snow can weigh down weak branches until they break. Winterize your trees by getting pruning and trimming done before the snow starts.