Pruning - Producing strong structure should be the emphasis when pruning trees. As trees mature, the aim of pruning will shift to maintaining tree structure, form, health and appearance. Proper pruning cuts are made at a node, the point at which one branch or twig attaches to another. In the spring of the year growth begins at buds, and twigs grow until a newnode is formed.
The most common type of pruning is crown thinning. The intent is to maintain or develop a tree's structure and form. To avoid unnecessary stress and to prevent excessive production of epicormic sprouts, no more than one-quarter of the living crown should be removed at a time. If it is necessary to remove more, it should be done over successive years.
Crown raising - is the practice of removing branches from the bottom of the crown of a tree to provide clearance for pedestrians, vehicles, buildings, lines of site, or to develop a clear stem for timber production. After pruning, the ratio of the living crown to total tree height should be at least two-thirds
Crown reduction pruning - is most often used when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. This method is preferred to topping because it results in a more natural appearance, increases the time before pruning is needed again, and minimizes stress on the tree.
Topping and tipping are improper pruning practices that harm trees and should not be used. Crown reduction pruning is the preferred method to reduce the size or height of the crown of a tree, but is rarely needed and should be used infrequently. Topping, the pruning of large upright branches between nodes, is sometimes done by uneducated and inexperienced tree service companies to reduce the height of a tree. Tipping is a practice of cutting lateral branches between nodes to reduce crown width and like topping, should never be considered to be a proper technique.
These practices invariably result in the development of epicormic sprouts, or in the death of the cut branch back to the next lateral branch below. These epicormic sprouts are weakly attached to the stem and eventually will be supported by a decaying branch. Improper pruning cuts cause unnecessary injury and bark ripping. Flush cuts injure stem tissues and can result in decay. Stub cuts delay wound closure and can provide entry to canker fungi that kill the cambium thereby delaying or preventing woundwood formation.
Brenham Trees is owned and operated by ISA Certified Arborist Mark Harris. Mark has a passion for serving the community and over 25 years experience in providing quality arboricultural services.
In 1983, Dr. Charles Heller established Brenham Trees as a result of his combined passion for service and arboriculture. Dr. Heller is still on board with Brenham Trees working just as hard as he ever has.
Tree and Stump Removal
Soil Injections, Composting and Fertilization
Soil injections increase the surface absorption area of roots 100 to 1,000 times. This greatly improves the ability of trees to access soil nutrients which helps trees grow faster and fuller, as well as can help to save an unhealthy tree from dying.
Our removals are low impact and executed with precision quality and accuracy.
Our prunings are performed in compliance with the International Society of Arboriculture standards.
Lightning protection systems are designed to protect your home, business, trees and your assets from the destruction caused by lightning strikes. Lightning protection systems can’t necessarily prevent lightning from striking, but they can make sure that it is controlled and doesn’t cause damage.
“ The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ”
— Chinese Proverb
We offer 15, 30, 45, 65 and 100 gallon trees of various species. Planting includes staking and the initial mulching and watering.
Cabling and bracing are two of the most common forms of adding structual support to trees. The three major uses are: Prevention - to reduce the chance of failure in a tree with structural weakness. Restoration - to prolong the existence of a damaged tree. Mitigation - to reduce the hazard potential of a tree.