An Atlas cedar growing very close to, and into some utility lines.
The same tree after several branches that were close to the utility lines were removed.
A vine maple before thinning.
After the weakest and smallest trunks were removed.
Repeated heading cuts (instead of thinning cuts) on this Maple trunk caused it to branch and re-branch many times. Lower older branches have died, and leaves and small twigs collect in a mass that almost looks like a bird’s next. All this organic matter holds moisture long after rains potentially leading to rot in the trunk and other fungal diseases within the canopy.
Japanese Maple trunk- after pruning. It still has a few too many branches (more can be thinned out in following years), but the drastically increased airflow and light will really improve the tree’s health and resistance to disease. It is also a lot more pleasing to the eye than its previous condition.
A Vine Maple, pre-thinning and pruning.
After being pruned. Most of the difference you see is just all of the deadwood that was taken out. I did remove a few branches that were particularly thick and or crossing as well.
Before- weedy lawn being overrun with St. John’s Wort
After- A drought tolerant garden
Five years later- vibrant and thriving
Five years later- looking up from the house
Before the Flagstone patio
With the Flagstone patio