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We use our knowledge as arborists of tree biology and mechanical structure to make decisions on how to care for trees. Our goal is to insure overall tree health along with maintaining structural integrity and maximizing tree defenses.

Often we can achieve this through pruning. With many different techniques at our disposal, we can safely and effectively alter a tree’s growth structure and improve its health with pruning. Take a look at the Rocky Mountain International Society of Arboriculture’s page on pruning for more information on our techniques.

Somewhere between a science and an art, we have many years of experience in making the proper pruning cut for the right situation. We’ve pruned thousands of street trees in Kalispell, many of them 100 years old, to promote safe structural growth based on the age, size, and species of the tree. From the single stem evergreens to wide spreading deciduous canopies, we have the proper training, knowledge and skills to care for any type of tree that grows in western Montana. Most importantly, you can trust that we’ll make the best decision for the longevity of your tree. Poor practices, such as severe pruning, topping, and over-thinning will stress a tree unnecessarily and make it susceptible to harmful vectors like beetles or diseases like Armillaria Root Rot. Our staff of certified arborists is the most knowledgeable team in the Flathead Valley to care for your trees.

The Issue With Topping Trees

Topping trees has been a common practice since humans have been cultivating trees. However this practice has been founded as extremely detrimental to tree health and creates structural defects in the coming years. Here is a cavity that developed in a cottonwood after a large topping cut. Often, the branches that grow out of a cut like this are not well-attached and are prone to breaking off in the future.

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