Tree Trimming

Why is Tree
Trimming Important?

As a landscaping element, trees seem to be low maintenance — they typically don’t require extra water, fertilizer, or care, and they can add beauty and value to a home or business. However, trees do need a little care and upkeep to keep them healthy, beautiful and safe. Benefits of Tree Trimming:

  • Allows arborists or tree specialists to inspect the overall health of your trees.
  • Prevents more damage such as wood rot or moisture retention which may occur if trees are left uninspected.
  • Trees that are well-maintained are more resilient & are less likely to be affected by strong storms or excessive high winds.
  • Trimming can eliminate debris or dead branches that may collect near tree trunks or in canopies. Trimming prevents debris from falling to the ground, damaging property, or creating a hazardous mess.
  • Brush clearing can also promote the health of your trees, reduce the chance of other hazardous incidents, and give your property a clean and spacious look.

Top Reasons For
Tree Trimming

While there’s many different reasons for trimming exist, most customers cite one of two causes for their decision: tree health and appearance or safety concerns. These could include:

  • Promoting overall tree health and wellness
  • Enhancing tree appearance and appeal
  • Increasing property value
  • Protecting home and property
  • Avoiding bodily injury
  • Circumventing potential property hazards

Tree Trimming
Techniques

Our arborist or tree specialist will work with you to determine the type and extent of tree trimming needed to maintain optimum tree health, improve appearance, and ensure the safety of your trees. Techniques include:

  • Removing limbs or branches that have been damaged by adverse weather conditions
  • Removing limbs or branches that come into contact with wires, building facades, gutters, roofs, chimneys, or windows
  • Removing limbs or branches that obstruct access to streets or sidewalks
  • Removing dead or weak limbs that may decay and pose a hazard
  • Removing limbs that have become diseased or infested by insects
  • Thinning or removing unnecessary branches or branches that rub together
  • Strengthening trees in order to lower wind resistance and reduce the potential for storm and ice damage
  • Enhancing the shape or silhouette of the tree
  • Training young trees into a desired shape
  • Maintaining healthy growth and shape in palm trees

Types of
Trimming

Deadwooding

Deadwooding occurs when dead branches must be removed before they become a safety hazard. Branches may die for number of reasons, including light deficiency, pest or disease damage, and root structure damage. While dead branches will eventually decay back to the parent stem and fall off, this slow process can be hastened by high winds or extreme temperatures, leading to downed branches. Various situations may prompt the removal of deadwood, especially in instances where dead branches overhang public roads, homes, public areas or gardens. Trees located in wooded areas are usually assessed as a lower risk but assessments consider the number of visitors, with trees adjacent to footpaths and access roads considered as high-priority for deadwood removal.

Crown & Canopy Thinning

This method is often performed to enhance a tree’s strength and resilience against unfavorable weather conditions. This process increases light and reduces wind resistance through the selective removal of branches within the canopy of the tree; by allowing the wind to pass through the tree with less resistance from branches,  the load placed on the tree during inclement weather is reduced. This type of thinning must be done with care, as the shape of the tree is vital for its survival. Careless trimming once a tree has reached its height limit may result in damage, hindered growth, or even an overbalance.

Crown Canopy Lifting

This involves the removal of the lower branches of a tree to provide access for pedestrians and vehicles or space for buildings and street furniture.  While crown canopy trimming may seem extreme, the branches are normally not lifted to more than one third of the tree’s total height to ensure the continued health of the tree.

Topping or Heading Back

This involves the cutting of limbs back to a stud, bud, or a lateral branch not large strong enough to support additional limbs.

Directional or Formative Pruning

This type of pruning refers to the removal of appropriate branches to make the tree structurally sound while shaping it. Without such pruning, a tree may be irreversibly damaged during the trimming process.

Vista Pruning

This is a highly selective form of pruning that is used to provide a window of view in a tree. This allows you a view into your yard without sacrificing the privacy that trees provide.

Pollarding

Pollarding is a standard form of pruning where certain deciduous species are pruned back to their pollard heads every year in the dormant period. This type of trimming is especially important to juvenile trees, which must be trimmed so that they can adapt to the harshness of the practice.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction decreases the height and or spread of a tree by selectively cutting back limbs to smaller branches. In fruit trees, this process is used to increase light interception and enhance the quality of the fruit produced.

Tree Trimming
Safety

Tree trimming is an essential practice to ensure the health of your trees and the safety of your family. Tree trimming is among the most dangerous tasks that an inexperienced homeowner can undertake. Tree trunks trimmed incorrectly can quickly rot and become a danger to any nearby structure. Likewise, branches hanging over walkways or near electrical lines pose a serious threat to pedestrians and neighbors, as these branches may strike passersby or ignite a sudden blaze. Errant branches may even act as highways for invasive animals, such as squirrels, raccoons, and possums, to reach your roof and enter your home. Because of the dangers, it is crucial that trained, experienced arborists tackle your trimming needs — not only will the result be professional, but it will save you money in the long term.

Other Services

Tree Removal

Palm Tree Trimming

Hedge & Bush Trimming

Stump Grinding & Removal

Brush Clearing

Other Services

Tree Removal

Palm Tree Trimming

Hedge & Bush Trimming

Stump Grinding & Removal

Brush Clearing

From Our
Happy Customers

3/27/2018, Gayle B

Many thanks to Gonzalez and his crew for their hard labor, expert technique, simple but important suggestions and knowledge of their craft.  We have hired them three times now and they have made significant improvements to our yard at a reasonable price. I definitely and highly recommend this company.

Gayle B.

  

One Year Ago, Parul Narain.

We’ve had Gonzalez Landscaping maintain our 1/2 acre lot for over 10 years and are very happy with their service. Their team is very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Highly recommend their service.

6/22/2018 Robert J.

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I’ve worked with them for over 10 years. Every time I need them, they fix the problem fast. I would recommend them to anyone.

  

Over a year Ago, Cindy Lloyd

They came out for just the crazy palm tree last time, and charged me way less than I thought the job was worth. Gonzales Landscaping is the best tree service in the Thousand Oaks area. Not only are their prices the lowest I’ve paid, but they’re very professional, prompt, and the crew does a great job.

3/27/2018, Gayle B

Many thanks to Gonzalez and his crew for their hard labor, expert technique, simple but important suggestions and knowledge of their craft.  We have hired them three times now and they have made significant improvements to our yard at a reasonable price. I definitely and highly recommend this company.

Gayle B.

  

One Year Ago, Parul Narain.

We’ve had Gonzalez Landscaping maintain our 1/2 acre lot for over 10 years and are very happy with their service. Their team is very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Highly recommend their service.

6/22/2018 Robert J.

Project:  Hire a Landscape Architect to Design a Landscape

I’ve worked with them for over 10 years. Every time I need them, they fix the problem fast. I would recommend them to anyone.

  

Over a year Ago, Cindy Lloyd

They came out for just the crazy palm tree last time, and charged me way less than I thought the job was worth. Gonzales Landscaping is the best tree service in the Thousand Oaks area. Not only are their prices the lowest I’ve paid, but they’re very professional, prompt, and the crew does a great job.

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