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Whether you are landscaping mature trees or new saplings, basic tree care understanding is of huge importance. At Capitol Tree Care in Austin, TX we want to arm you with all the knowledge you need to care for your trees, including the knowledge of when you can do it yourself and when you need to call a professional. Trees are resilient, but one wrong cut can seriously compromise your trees health. Here are some terms our Austin Arborist uses that will get you familiar with common tree care terms and how to maintain healthy trees.
Felling:

Felling is the proper way to cut down a tree safely. This process includes cutting and scoring the tree in a specific way that controls the direction which the tree will fall. This is the most reliable way to cut down a tree and prevent damage to property or other foliage in the trees path. This technique is generally only used when a tree is dead, diseased beyond repair, or has contracted an aggressive pets or disease that threatens local surroundings. Felling can be very dangerous if not done incorrectly. Capitol Tree Care in Austin, TX always recommends the assistance of a tree professional for any felling needs.
Pruning:

Pruning is a term which covers a variety of different cuts to control the growth of a tree and preserve the health of a tree. These cuts can provide proper spacing between branches, removing weakness in a tree or dead growth. This tree care technique will keep your tree healthy and strong to prevent storm damage and prolong the life of your tree. Pruning can be safe to do yourself it you have the knowledge of what to do and what not to do. Consult Capitol Tree Care in Austin, TX before you begin this process.
Pollarding:

This is a pruning technique to restrict the height of a tree. It is a drastic measure, but it can be truly necessary. Pollarding is the removal of the crown of a tree to encourage the tree to grow out instead of up. This can be necessary when a tree is growing too close to a power line or the eve of a home. Pollarding is also used to produce small straight limbs that are perfect for fire wood. Austin, TX tree care professionals should be the only ones to perform this technique as it can be dangerous if not done properly.
Thinning:

This is a process of removing stems or branches to increase air flow, moisture or light to penetrate a previously thick canopy. This can help shed more light on the ground below and reduces load bearing stress from snow or ice in the winter. This is another technique that can be done safely by yourself on small trees, but for mature trees, a tree care professional is required. Our highly trained tree care professionals can help you come up with a comprehensive plan of action.

Capitol Tree Care in Austin, TX provides a full range of tree care services in Austin and surrounding areas. We are happy to answer your tree care questions and assist you in any of the techniques list here. Call us today at (512) 913-6833 for more information or to schedule your next tree service.

Maria Niichel
Maria Niichel