What You Can Do

Proper preservation planning and tree maintenance can you save you time, energy, and the life of your tree. 


Pruning is not like a "haircut", its most commonly compared to "surgery". A properly pruned trees should look "natural".

Planning Consideration


When designing your construction project, consider:


Preserving Groups of Trees

Stands of trees, or trees in a group, often tolerate construction better.


Transplanting Trees

For trees that are in good condition and are less 10" DBH consider transplanting them to another location on the site, or contact local nurseries to see if they would be interested in taking the trees.



Know where trenching will occur and if it will be within the CRZ of the tree or drilling under the root sytem (i.e. cable wires, sewer lines etc.). These types of trenching will cause the tree to decline. Consider another route for trenching. Inform the contractor that the tree is a "save" tree and that trenching will damage your tree.



Trees uptake a lot of rain water, consider where the water will go if the tree is removed.


Plant Properly


When planting your tree consider the location.


For example; if there a swimming pool nearby; some trees will seek out water and have an extensive root system, the root system may in the future destroy the pool.


Pick the proper species for the spot, some trees prefer wet areas, where others may die within that area.


How far is the tree from the sidewalk or structure? How large will the tree get? (Take into consideration the size of the lot.)


Don't Over Cut


There is a misconception that trees need to be pruned or cut often. Mature trees should require maintenance pruning only every 3 years.


Cutting more of a tree does not add more value, removing the crown of a tree by more than 1/3 is a practice that is called "topping" this practice has been researched and have proven to show tree decline and tree death. This type of pruning is commonly found in and around commercial areas (for the purpose of cutting back the tree from parking space, street, etc.). These trees eventually will create "sucker growth", this growth is a stress response. Some species can withstand "topping", but the majority of trees will decline.


Over thinning or stripping a tree is also a misconception on proper pruning. Trees naturally shed their branches and lower branches, stripping the center of the trees and removing too many branches will create structural issues for the tree.


Trees need leaves to make food and when too much of the tree is removed, it will shock the tree's system. This stressor could potentially lead to other stressors such as insect and diseases.


This tree was improperly pruned and "topped", the structure of the tree is compromised and will ultimately require removal.

Common proper pruning practices as per ANSI A300 standards consists of:


Hazard pruning, by removing dangerous deadwood within the crown of the tree.


Maintenance prune, by removing crossing, dying branches.


Vista pruning, lightly pruning a tree for view.

Crown raising by reducing the lower limbs.


Cutting off more branches does not give you more value to your pocket, it may cost more to remove the tree in the future if improper practice occurs that may lead to decay.