When it comes to maintaining the health and integrity of these historical trees, the approach is everything. It’s not about the arbitrary trimming of branches that encroach on our yards but about adhering to stringent standards that prioritize the tree’s well-being.

According to ANSI A300 pruning standards, the objective is clear: preserve as much of the leaf canopy as possible. This means:

  • Limiting the removal of deadwood and making cuts for structural or vehicle clearance only.
  • Ensuring no more than 25% of the canopy is removed at any one time, which is crucial for maintaining the tree’s photosynthetic capacity and defense energy.
  • Avoiding the removal of larger diameter limbs unless absolutely necessary for clearance, as this can significantly impact the tree’s health and stability.