Full Canopy Tree Care has a health first approach to tree care. We believe that a lush and full canopy helps promote a healthy tree canopy. It is important to not over prune a tree by removing too much live tissue and leaves. Trees need leaves to produce carbohydrates. It is common to see other tree services in central texas over prune or sculpt trees. Trees should not be lifted too high or sculpted buy stripping or removing lateral branches and leaves from larger limbs. We believe that there needs to be a good reason to remove live branches and live leaves from a tree. Trees should not look like a giraffe has beed feeding on them and tree branches shouldn't look like a lion's tail "stripped branch with a poof of foliage on the end".
Over pruning and improper pruning can lead to poor structure, epicormic sucker growth and water sprouts, wind damage and breaks, decay, tree decline, and shorter life of the tree.
Raising and lifting
And a Full Canopy "Health Prune"
Structural pruning is very strategic and precise pruning that targets bad growth patterns, such as codominant stems and trunks, included branches, crossing or rubbing branches, tree to tree branch encroachments. Structural pruning encouraged proper growth patterns in a tree and can increase stability, health and longevity.
Cleaning is what most people think of when wanting to have there trees trimmed.
Cleaning is selectively pruning or removing dead or dying, detached, diseased, broken or cracked branches for tree health reasons and safety.
Raising and lifting for clearance purposes-
sometimes it is necessary to remove lower branches over sidewalks, clearance for vehicles over streets driveways and property, and clearance over or near buildings and structures.
Thinning is rarely needed and is often promoted and improperly preformed by most tree services in and around Austin. This said, we find that many younger trees can sometimes be very dense with tangled branches and overly dense foliage. Also, some species of larger mature trees have bad taper and sometimes need to be thinned at the tips of the branches for weight reduction. In certain cases, it is necessary to thin a tree with a very conservative approach.
Full Canopy health prune-
We often recommend a health prune on larger mature trees. A health prune is removing larger dead wood about 3" and larger, removing bad growth patterns, crossing/rubbing branches, lifting if needed, corrective pruning to remove broken, cracked or improper stub cut limbs and dealing with codominant stems.
Our team will never use spurs or tree spikes to climb a living tree or palm tree for pruning.
Our safety culture: we use PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) including helmets, eye protection, hearing protection, proper foot wear, protective chainsaw chaps or chainsaw paints when using chain saws on the ground,
Our climbers use rope and saddle climbing methods, we are always tied into the tree which helps us work more efficiently and keeps our employees safe. We never free climb!