Trees in urban settings or on property developments often require correction to ensure that they develop a stable structure in a way that integrates with the surrounding conditions. Tree pruning alters a tree’s structure and growth in order to address previous damage – usually by storms or typhoons – or to minimise or eliminate interference with external, typically human, factors such as power lines, structures or scenic vistas.
ATP’s experienced arborists employ specialised training and equipment to determine how best to prune a tree, with a focus on ensuring safety and optimizing aesthetic considerations. Pruning may be the most common maintenance practice in tree care, but every cut made on a tree should be done for a reason, as each cut affects the tree’s future growth and development. ATP has an established reputation in Hong Kong for rope access pruning – as can be seen in this video.
When determining how to prune any tree, ATP’s certified arborists and certified tree workers draw on a wealth of training and practical experience, taking into account not just the tree itself, but the role it plays in its immediate surroundings.
Proper pruning typically serves at least one the following functions:
- Remove dead, diseased, weak, crowded or other hazardous branches or tree sections
- Maintain or improve tree health or tree structure
- Increase light/air penetration or enhance a scenic view
- Minimise risk of storm damage
- Provide clearance for overhead lines or other structures
- Guide growth patterns of young trees
ATP’s certified arborists and tree workers adhere to ANSI A300 (Part 1) Pruning Standard and ANSI z133.1 Safety Standards, the guidelines recognised by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).