Realize that over 90% of all trees which will die or fall over prematurely CAN BE SAVED!
We do not try to change the shape of a tree, simply we remove branches that are dead or dying and we do weight reduction, wind-thinning (windowing) and remove rift damaged limbs. We do not top or Pollard trees. We DO NOT Line-Tail trees.
Trees can look better while improving their health at the same time provided the tree trimmer makes the proper cuts and incisions when doing surgery and that he does not remove more than 1/4 of the foliage evenly throughout the canopy from the tree.
"What if the tree trimmer thins too much and as a result there is a substantial amount of “sucker” water sprouts re-growth the following year/ years?"
Consideration must be given where drastic surgery (amputation) is required; where there is excessive weight, lean and or rotten spots or cavities in a tree. What if the tree trimmer thins too much and as a result there is a substantial amount of “sucker” water sprouts re-growth the following year/ years? Based upon our experience as well as knowledge acquired from research, practice and mentors We have come to find that eventually over a period of time many trees can be repaired with proper thinning removing mostly the co dominant water sprouts the following years. I say mostly because sometimes it is the co dominate sprout that will be the replacement lead (tip of branch) that feeds the mirror root. Remember that in this case of Elm variety trees such as an Oak the relationship between the root and the branch is truly symbiotic; one cannot live without the other. This is not true for most other trees such as a Conifer or a Fruitless Mulberry for example.
How to Trim Trees
We are up to date of all of the latest health care and maintenance of your trees. ... If we have to climb; if the area in which the tree lives is not accessible from Ariel platform (lift) trucks then we rope climb when possible so as to not scar or hurt your trees unnecessarily.
What Not To Do
For all intent and purpose the term "line-tailing" a branch of an Oak tree,is a nasty term. Be leery of any trimmer who says “we are going to line-tail your trees!" If you must Line-Tail a tree then leave dominant lower branches...DO NOT LINE_TAIL TREES! This is the biggest mistake that the novice makes, which can have horrific and fatal results for the tree.
"what has really been done is a polite form of tree butchery at best. "
The most deceiving aspect of "line-tailing" an Oak tree is that the tree appears to look beautiful to the un-trained mind yet what has really been done is a polite form of tree butchery at best. When a tree has been butchered in such a fashion it is near impossible to repair, if in fact it can be repaired it will take years of surgeries, done annually.
Never Pollard an Elm variety tree, and avoid pollarding any tree wherever possible. Once a tree has been pollarded the tree needs to be pollarded every few years for the rest of its life especially where safety is a concern.
Again the relationship between root and branch on the Elm variety tree (Oak) this relationship is truly symbiotic; one cannot live without the other...
"Trees will overheat and sunburn, which can result in death."
Trees can be made more satisfactory as focal points by thinning the foliage evenly throughout the canopy. The actual amount of foliage that can successfully be removed varies depending on the species. Typically you never want to remove more than 25% in areas of excessive heat consider that trees utilize that foliage as their own air conditioning system. Trees will overheat and sunburn, which can result in death.
Less is better. Trees are graceful; they need to be treated with respect and grace. Beware of aggressive cutters. Your trimmer should not only have a flair for the artistic but he should be mindful that he is not the artist, he cannot re-create the tree for you and he shouldn't try. He can however un-veil that which is already there. Some jobs really excite us because we can see what is already there, and we can't wait to un-veil the beauty. If you have valued Oak trees that need trimming you can call me, if you live more than 350 miles from us; We consult and guide for a fee...If you live locally (the better part of Northern California, from the mid Sierras to Eureka) We would be only too happy to give you an estimate. Our Company does large acreage projects as well as small residential jobs. We am skilled in repairing Redwood forests damaged by bad logging practice. Our rates are reasonable. Consulting fees vary, but basically it runs about $100 per hr with driving time and fuel included. This fee is for consulting only
What if the tree trimmer thins too much?
I realize that I am being redundant here however in that this is the chief problem among my clients i.e.; having their trees over-trimmed; If the arborist thins too much, again, water sprouts will return to first ruin the view next year then, as well, put the life and health of the tree in serious jeopardy. This is mainly because the root system is now suffering from the lack of Photosynthesis. Along with re-thinning the co dominant water sprouts the following year / years in conjunction with aeration of the soil and chip-tea fertilizer (my own blend full of Micro-organism which promotes root growth) will help to repair the damage caused by over thinning. Call me if you have this problem (276) 236 4900 I may be able to help. Removing less than one quarter of the total leaf area is recommended. Properly thinned trees will retain their form and structure. Their natural beauty will be enhanced. .
As a view enhancement procedure I would much rather 'window' through a tree than to remove it. I always try to persuade my clients to keep a tree rather than to remove it provided the tree is not a danger to humans.