pruning trees

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Guthrie&Co, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
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    just wondering if anyone else notices "hat racked" trees in their area. i see it all the time and i wonder who is doing it. mostly i see it in rual areas. it looks horrible and eventually will kill the tree.
     
  2. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
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    I havnt heard that expression. Do you mean balling them out as if they were a small boxwood? Making hard pruning cuts at the end of branches instead of thining cuts at the trunk? Someone is saving a buck by paying the lawnguy to do an arborists work. jk :blush:
     
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    See lots of lion's tailing here and guys still topping trees. Here you don't have to be a certified arborist to engage in tree work.
     
  4. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ya, it's a shame. I'm seeing less and less of it here. Even our city has begun using contour pruning, it is becoming more widely practiced with continuing education to the public in this area. :D :D :D :D
     
  5. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    in most cases heading back or thinning out would have been the better choicein my opinion. prunning trees in that mannor will kill then most of the time and the horenous suckes that come out in the new growth. everytime i see it i get on my soapbox.
     
  6. The Yard Barber Inc.

    The Yard Barber Inc. LawnSite Member
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    The power line guys are the worst for that because they just don't care. They just get into their little cherry pickers and wack away.
     
  7. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    I assume you're refering to Asplundh or Nelson? There are reasons they do what they do.(besides lazyness) Actaully Asplundh crews get a bonus if they can get a customer to remove a tree. Fewer wounds to heal and less power disruption and lessen the amount of future trimming.
     
  8. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have seen trees that have all of the limbs cut off and there was just the base of the tree left. I wonder why they will not just cut the whole tree down.
     
  9. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    well they must not think very well or often enough. as far as for less trimming in the future, i dont agree with that because of the 500 suckers that will come on with the new growth due to the poor cut. then you have alot more pruning to do as well as a ugly tree.
     
  10. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    Exactly. They need to be practicing contour or directional pruning, where they only prune the larger branches growing in the direction of the powerline or structure, resulting in less cuts and less suckering. I think the reason they leave a "totem pole" is to keep from having to dispose of it, less labor.
     

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